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Kaleela Thompson Biography

 

Kaleela Thompson

I am a teen author/entrepreneur and budding environmental entomologist of the 21st century who wants kids to love our Earth by living GREEN! While Dora the Explorer, an animated cartoon character has her backpack and map, I take my messenger bag to carry my laptop, portable microscope, digital camera, and net on my expeditions. I recruit volunteers to help kids set up self-sustaining gardens that I call “GreenScapes”. It’s a way to “Regreen” by thinking about alternate green ways to co-exist with our environment and the insects that call it home. My backyard explorations and love for science began at the age of 4 when my mom bought me a butterfly habitat. My curiosity for caterpillars and butterflies sparked my interest for insects and critters. I began an expedition to discover the critters that call my backyard home. My dad’s yard became my laboratory, and my mom’s Tupperware became my makeshift habitats and Petri dishes. Now I am on a fantastic journey to explore my neighbors’ backyard then my community’s backyard and soon the world’s backyard. I founded my own organization My Home, My History, and Our World, an online site where kids can learn about places and their history using green thumbs. I am enjoying the journey and writing a series of science picture books to motivate kids to go outside and discover the wonders of nature. Oh where, Oh Where is my Swallowtail? is the first in a series of interactive green books with a read along CD and Sight Word Bookmark to introduce the beginner reader to the wonderful critters that live in our backyards. I hope that my books will take kids on amazing quests to Explore, Learn, Share, and Create about STEM. My passion has evolved into building partnerships within communities across the states. I want to spread my passion for why science interests me through my field research, books, lesson activities, and workshops.

I am thankful to my family, which would not be complete without my parrot "Tweety", dog "Shango", white tree frog "Jade" who’s plump like a dumpling, seahorse “Sasha”, and leopard geckos “Luke” and “Paisley”, friends, my publisher, organizations, businesses, teachers, and a lot of nice folks who helped me seed my dreams to grow. Read on and see some of my accomplishments…

 

  • 2013 General Session Speaker for the Virginia Association of Science Teachers
  • Scholarship recipient for the San Antonio SeaWorld Residents Advanced Career Camp
  • NSTA (National Science Teachers Award) Angela Award
  • Published Author
  • I.S.B. Community Service Award
  • Garden Kids Blog Talk Radio Host
  • Founder of My Home, My History and Our World
  • Prudential President’s Volunteer Service Award
  • Certifier for the Presidential Volunteer Service Award
  • Prudential Spirit Award Distinguished Finalist
  • 1st place Mock Shark Attack Virginia Inventor’s Forum
  • Appeared on new TV reality pilot Second Act hosted by Paul DiMeo
  • Event speaker for Evergreen Air and Space Museum, McMinnville, Oregon
  • Event Presenter Virginia Festival of the Book
  • Exhibitor at MODSIM World Conference & Expo
  • Inventor of the Butterfly Bell
  • SBDC (Small Business Development Center) Success Story
  • Office Depot Adopt A Small Business Winner
  • Lowes ToolBox for Education grant winner
  • Poster Session Presenter for the National Children’s Youth and Garden Symposium for the American Horticultural Society 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio and 2012 at the University of Maryland
  • Workshop Presenter for the Tidewater Early Childhood Educators Mini Conference 2012
  • Presenter at the Author Session for VAECE Virginia Association Early Childhood Educator’s Conference 2012
  • SOL Science Workshops for elementary and middle schools
  • Hampton City Youth Commission Grant Winner
  • Hampton City Clean Commission Award
  • LEGO Shipbuilding Competition Team 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place
  • Siemens We Can Change The World (Kids Bee Kind) Honorable Mention
  • New York Book Festival Honorable Mention Award Children’s Category
  • Kohl’s Cares Award
  • History Hound Reporter for the Hampton History Museum
  • Collaborated with Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton History Museum, Hubbard Arborist, and Fort Monroe Casemate Museum to do a documentary on the Algenourne Oak Tree located at Fort Monroe

 

Have A Butterfly Day!

 

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