ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR
OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Each year, four outstanding classroom and community educators are recognized for their unique and invaluable contributions to the field of Environmental Education. 

Nominations are currently closed. Check back in Spring 2022! Until then, check out our 2021 awardees below.

 
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ELEMENTARY OR SECONDARY ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

Teachers working in public or private schools.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATORS OF THE YEAR - 2021

 
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SUSAN WOLFE

ELEMENTARY ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

Susan educates her students about all aspects of the natural world, including the social and economic perspectives that are at the root of many of the ecological problems we have today. Her students not only learn about how the local environment is affected by humans, but gain a global perspective by interacting with explorers around the world (through the NatGeo Explorer Classroom), and studying about various cultures and their respective environments. She loves to get her students outside on field trips, or just exploring Hawthorne’s native garden, which she helped plan and create. Her students create projects that involve an action component that are student led and inquiry based. She was recently named one of National Geographic's Grosvenor Fellows and will (hopefully) go on a scientific expedition sometime in the coming year. She is an explorer & conservationist at heart, and she inspires these qualities in her students and colleagues alike!

PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS


2020

Misha Smith            Elementary

Ali Ward                   Secondary

Matt Podolsky         Non-formal

Sandy Racine           Volunteer

2019

Lauresta Welty         Elementary

Melyssa Ferro          Secondary

Stephanie Day         Non-formal

Kimberly Semple     Volunteer


2018

Debbie Bell               Elementary

Steve Demers           Secondary

Courtney Couch       Non-formal

Jennifer Ellis             Volunteer


2016

Amy Silver                Elementary

Mary Engels             Non-formal

Jane Matthews        Volunteer


2015

Erin Stutzman           Secondary

Tate Mason               Non-formal

Denise Keyser          Volunteer


Julie Scanlin     Lifetime Achievement


2014

Sandy Kindt              Elementary

John Schisel             Secondary

Lori Adams               Non-formal

Liana Litzsinger        Volunteer


2013

Purley Decker                       Elementary

Arlene Wolf                           Secondary

Rena Ashton                        Non-formal

Ann Christensen                  Volunteer


2012

Sheryce Davis                      Elementary

John Hastings                      Secondary

Sara Focht                           Non-formal


2011

Cara Sonnemann                Elementary

Clint Kennedy                      Secondary

Adare Evans                        Non-formal


2010

Sue Hansen Barber             Elementary

Gina Lockwood                   Secondary

Michelle Youngquist            Non-formal


2009

Dick Jordan              Secondary

Dick McCloskey       Non-formal


2008

Dan Hines                 Elementary

Gregg Losinski         Non-formal


2007

Jane Thornes           Elementary

Charlie Kator            Secondary

Steven Hines            Non-formal


2006

Christenia Coast     Elementary

Carri Thomason      Elementary

Diane Welch           Elementary

Amy Luft                 Non-formal


2005

Molly Pannkuk         Elementary

K.C. Jones               Secondary

Alana Jensen           Non-formal


2004

Renee McNally         Elementary

Robert Beckwith      Secondary

Greg Kaltenecker     Non-formal


2003

Donna Kent              Elementary

Doreen Beck            Elementary

Jan Wathen              Elementary

Darin Zarbnisky        Secondary

Denise Burnett         Non-formal


2002

Teri Burch                 Elementary

Kris Ablin-Stone       Secondary

Jennie Rylee            Non-formal