November 10, 2009 -
The Brown Bag Green Book series sponsored by the Knox County
Public Library and the City of Knoxville continues on Wednesday, November 18,
at 12 p.m. in the East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street as Dr.
James P. McIntyre, Jr., Superintendent of Knox County Schools leads a
discussion of the book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from
Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv.
Dr. McIntyre will be joined by Knox County Schoolís Aneisa McDonald,
Supervisor of Coordinated School Health, and Lisa Wagoner, Supervisor of
In Last Child in the Woods, Louv explores what he describes as the alienation
of modern-day children from the natural world. He emphasizes the important
role interaction with nature plays in our personal emotional, physical and
intellectual health. One child told him, "I like indoors because that's where
the electric outlets are." Louv makes a direct link between the "plugged-in"
state of children (he calls this "nature deficit") and significant problems
such as obesity, Attention Deficit Disorder and depression. Louv contends that
basing education more in the environment raises standardized test scores and
grade point averages, improving many skills such as critical thinking and even
Dr. McIntyre has served as Superintendent of Knox County Schools since July
2008. He has worked in the field of education, including both K-12 and at the
university level for 20 years. Prior to coming to Knoxville, he was the Chief
Operating Officer for Boston Public Schools. He holds a BA in English from
Boston College; a MS in education administration from Canisius College in
Buffalo, New York; a MA of urban affairs from Boston University; and a PhD in
public policy from the University of Massachusetts.
Aneisa McDonald has been with Knox County Schools since July 2007. She
received her BS and MS in education from the University of Tennessee,
Knoxville. She spent 12 years as a professional dance educator in Illinois,
South Carolina, and Tennessee; and served as a coalition coordinator for the
Metropolitan Drug Commissionís Drug-Free Communities Grant Program from
Lisa Wagoner joined Knox County as a school nurse in 1994 and then was
appointed Supervisor of Health Services in 2009. She holds a degree of
nursing from Walter State Community.
The series continues on December 2 with Dr. Bill Shiell, Senior Pastor of
First Baptist Church leading a discussion of Cheap: The High Cost of Discount
Culture by Ellen Ruppel Shell.
For more information, please call Emily Ellis at 215-8763 or visit www.knoxlib.org.