Honoring Sustainability in the Classroom
JUNE 7, 2011
SEDI grants four $500 awards to northern Arizona teachers
The winners of the 2010/2011 Teacher Awards for Sustainability Curriculum received commemorative plaques in addition to each getting a $500 prize.
From left in "all teachers" photo: Elaine Watkins of Sedona Red Rock High School, Anna Brown of Puente de Hozho, Amy Larson of Flagstaff Junior Academy, Craig Bowie of Puente de Hozho.
SEDI is pleased to announce the winning teachers of its second annual Sustainability in Education for the 21st Century awards.Four prizes of $500 each were awarded to teachers in northern Arizona. An award ceremony to recognize the winners was held June 3, 2011, at Willow Bend Environmental Education Center.
The no-strings-attached cash awards were given to teachers because of their outstanding development and implementation of lessons, units or projects that reflect and reinforce the principles of sustainability.
Anna Brown is a pre-kindergarten special needs teacher at Puente de Hozho. She received the $500 prize for her project titled “Let’s Recycle.” Brown’s unit engages young students in the act of recycling during snack time and teaches students to recognize the recycling symbol. The unit teaches concepts regarding waste to children at a young age with a goal of providing lifelong habits that will carry over into their home activities and routines.
Craig Bowie teaches art at Puente de Hozho. He received his $500 award for a sustainability-in-education approach where students used recycled materials to construct totem poles representing the different “faces of the world.” Students studied art from tribal cultures, gathered recycled materials, and constructed recycled art totem poles for the Coconino Center for the Arts Annual Recycled Art Show.
Amy Larson from the Flagstaff Junior Academy was awarded $500 for working with her middle school students to collect and analyze data that measures environmental and social impacts to the Coconino National Forest. The purpose of her curriculum is to instill major concepts related to forest health in northern Arizona and enhance student understanding of the impacts of forest management, wildfire, and climate change effects.
Elaine Watkins from Red Rock High School received her $500 award for working with her students to reclaim a 3600 square-foot parcel of land by constructing a garden and park area near their school. Food days held at the school taught students how to cook from the garden and students raised funds for the garden by developing and selling their own product line of organic salad mixes and homemade lip balms, Garden Organics.
Funding for the second year of the awards was provided to SEDI by Wayne and Lynn Fox, Mandy Metzger, Bryan Bates, Joe Costion, Nat White and Bill Morrison.