When Ricardo Trevizo returns to the classroom for his second year of teaching AP physics and chemistry at Glendale High School, he will have a lot to share with his students.
Trevizo spent nine weeks at the environmental lab at Salt River Project learning about how the public power utility runs daily tests on water that is delivered to the Valley.
His job duties during the internship included preparing water samples at the lab where tests are conducted on groundwater and raw canal water from the Salt and Verde rivers. That water is eventually delivered to Valley cities, including Glendale and Peoria.
Trevizo said he learned a lot of safety and quality control as well as the sample handling requirements that ensure scientists track and store samples at proper temperatures.
“I was so impressed with the quality assurances and controls practiced here,” Trevizo said. “Plus, I really enjoyed being surrounded by chemists who share my interests.”
Robert Vertefeuille, manager of the Environmental Lab and Field Services, said he sees a benefit to hosting teacher internships.
“The teachers are educating our future leaders and citizens, so it’s important they understand our water issues.” Vertefeuille said. “It’s important that the community understands where their water comes from, and the efforts that are done to provide the finished product.”
Trevizo said he wants his students to understand the opportunities that are available throughout the Valley to college graduates.
“This gives me hope for the kids. Now I can tell them there are jobs for everything within a company like SRP. And behind it, there is always science,” he added.