Environmental Protection

Environmental Educators Presented with Presidential Innovation Award

Eleven teachers have been recognized by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the EPA and are the winners of the 2013 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators.

Winners of the Presidential Innovation Awards have been awarded to eleven U.S. teachers who work in Environmental Education and strive to be environmental leaders for their students. The winners and their educational agencies will be given commemorative certificates and monetary awards to help continue the environmental curriculum in the schools and classrooms.

“The men and woman who are receiving this prestigious award have taken innovative steps to educate students about environmental stewardship and civic responsibility, and their work is a critical part of creating a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable future,” said EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe. “Thanks to their creative approaches to environmental education, students are developing a greater connection to the world around them – a skill that will benefit young people throughout their careers as they pursue the green jobs of the 21st century. At EPA, we are grateful to know that such exceptional educators are in American classrooms today.”

This year’s winners are:

  • Mary Breslin, George Washington Middle School, Alexandria, Va.
  • Jeanna Burroughs Goodson, Maiden High School, Maiden, N. C.
  • Dominick S. DeRosa, F.L.Schlagle High School, Kansas City, Kan.
  • Dominique Evans-Bye, Clark Magnet High School, La Crescenta, Calif.
  • Ralph Harrison, Science and Math Institute, Tacoma, Wash.
  • Lindsey Hoffman-Truxel, Barbara Morgan Elementary, McCall, Idaho
  •  Mary Marguerite Murphy, Camden Hills Regional High School, Rockport, Maine
  • Mary Catherine Padgett, Ford Elementary School, Acworth, Ga.
  • Carolyn Ruos Thomas, Wildwood Middle School, Shenandoah Junction, W. Va.
  • Mike Todd, Ames High School, Ames, Iowa
  • Anne Wiszowaty, North Shore Community School, Duluth, Minn.

The winning teachers were recognized for their environmental programs, such as watershed stewardship, recycling programs, and civic engagement opportunities for their students. To learn more about the program, please click here.

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