SHELBY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Paul Ekness

Certified Staff - Special Education

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I am the Special Education Teacher for Junior High and High School, in the Shelby Public school system. I have been married for 35 years and have three grown children and two amazing grandchildren.  After receiving my bachelor's degree in Wildlife Biology from the University Of Montana in Missoula I worked several seasons for the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department. I returned to school in Billings to complete my certification to teach Biology. I then went on to teach various science courses in Montana, South Dakota and Massachusetts for over 30 years.  The last 25 years I taught students in an international school in Massachusetts, teaching students from all over the world. I taught Biology, Chemistry, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Ornithology, and Environmental Science and worked with students with special needs during an evening study hall to enhance their understanding in many disciplines. While teaching in Massachusetts I received my Master's and Doctorate's degrees from the University of Massachusetts in Water Resource Management. I have presented my research for the National Science Teachers Association as well as multiple Water Resource Management Conferences. I have written several peer reviewed articles for Water Management Journals.  I taught in a summer program in Dalian, China where I enjoyed swimming in the Yellow Sea and walking on the Great Wall of China! I have chaperoned school trips to Brazil, Washington D.C. and to Montana. I have coached soccer, basketball, and Track & Field. If there is a pickup game going on at lunch time you could probably find me there!  I am excited to help and encourage students in Shelby to grow and develop as they reach and meet their personal educational goals.