Dr. Karl Topper, 5th grade

Dr. Karl Topper has over 20 years of teaching experience at the elementary to college levels. He is also a soil scientist experienced on a wide range of environmental science projects. Karl has developed authentically integrated STEAM educational programs and teaching techniques which promote literacy learning and student engagement. These techniques have been applied in the traditional classroom settings, student enrichment programs, and shared with teachers through workshops.

Prior to his more recent work as a K-8 educator (10+ years), he taught environmental science and science education at Colorado Mesa University. During this time, he developed a new environmental technology program that required extensive curriculum and materials development. He was the principal investigator on developing environmental programs which supported tribally controlled colleges to implement place based education in a culturally appropriate manner. As a soil scientist, Dr. Topper’s work experience includes evaluation of soil amendments and contamination, water quality monitoring, environmental site assessments, mined and disturbed land reclamation, radiological investigations, agricultural research, management of analytical laboratories, and soil chemistry research.

As a soil scientist, Dr. Topper’s work experience includes evaluation of soil amendments and contamination, water quality monitoring, environmental site assessments, mined and disturbed land reclamation, radiological investigations, agricultural research, management of analytical laboratories, and soil chemistry research.

Karl has been living on Maui for several years teaching grades 2-8 and is looking forward to facilitating place based education with the 5th graders at Maui Preparatory Academy. In his spare time, Karl enjoys surfing, playing the bass guitar, swimming, snorkeling, and enjoying the tasty local food.

ktopper@mauiprep.org