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AskHRgreen.org Awards $10,000 to Region’s Star Environmental Educators

AskHRgreen.org Awards $10,000 to Region’s Star Environmental Educators

Creativity in the classroom is worth more than a shiny gold star. Recently, askHRgreen.org leaders recognized 10 local educators with its Green Star Teachers Awards. Held in concert with the organization’s 10th anniversary year, the educator recognition program included a $1,000 monetary award for each of the teachers to use for future green-themed classroom projects.

News of the Green Star Teachers program was announced last fall, when nominations opened to any Hampton Roads instructor overseeing unique green-focused studies and projects with K-12 students. An askHRgreen.org steering committee pored over more than 40 nominations sent in from colleagues, parents and administrators, identifying educators who developed and led immersive, ecofriendly teaching experiences for their students.

The winning submissions included teachers from throughout the greater Hampton Roads region. Among the recipients were those who involved their students in planting community gardens, organizing school recycling programs, conducting field trips to the landfill and planting trees on school grounds. One educator had students convert a stormwater pond into an outdoor classroom, while another worked with high school students in project-based engineering and conservation studies on a nearby urban farm.

The Green Star Teachers may use their awards to cover needs such as supplies, classroom resources or funding to underwrite a dynamic “green” student-driven initiative. In accepting the awards, some recipients noted they would use the funds to create an outdoor learning lab, incorporate wind and solar energy into their engineering projects, support oceanography students at an upcoming fair and conduct temperature audits to identify “heat islands” in their city for future tree plantings.

To learn more about the Green Star Teachers recognition program, and to view information/photos of all the recipients and their winning projects, visit www.askHRgreen.org/GreenStar.  

Green Star Teachers Honorees:

  • Tonya Bangley / Kings Fork High School, Suffolk
  • Crissie Crusemire / Academy for Discovery at Lakewood, Norfolk
  • Michele Ferrel / Kilgore Gifted Center, Hampton
  • Pamela Hall / Carrollton Elementary School, Isle of Wight County
  • Angela McElroy / Nansemond River High School, Suffolk
  • Charlie Morse / Williamsburg Community Growers (WCG), James City County
  • Melissa Powell-Riedl / Paul Burbank Elementary School, Hampton
  • Jeannette Reynolds / Rosemont Elementary, Virginia Beach
  • Adrienne Sawyer / Chesapeake Public Schools
  • Kathleen (Kathy) Shambo / Southside STEM Academy at Campostella, Norfolk
Jeanette Reynolds and Rosemont Elementary students gather for the check presentation in Virginia Beach.
Jeanette Reynolds and Rosemont Elementary students gather for the check presentation in Virginia Beach.
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