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ConVal Educators Lauded at Annual Meeting

October 20, 2014

The Harris Center recognized two extraordinary partners at our Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 19.

The 2014 Laurie Bryan Partnership Award — honoring former Harris Center Executive Director Laurie Bryan’s achievements in working with community partners — was awarded to Jeannie Connolly, the Arts Integration Coordinator for the ConVal School District. For years, Jeannie has worked with Harris Center naturalists to integrate arts into creative, kid-friendly natural science lessons for elementary school students. From worm boxes to paper mache animals, bird books to water cycle maps, field guides to murals, whatever the science topic, Jeannie can transform it into a work of art.

Harris Center teacher-naturalist Jenn Sutton (right) presented Jeannie Connollywith the 2014 Laurie Bryan Partnership Award.

Harris Center teacher-naturalist Jenn Sutton (right) presented Jeannie Connollywith the 2014 Laurie Bryan Partnership Award.

Harris Center teacher-naturalists Janet Altobello (left) and Laurel Swope (right) present Carol Young with the Harris Center's 2014 Educator of the Year Award.

Harris Center teacher-naturalists Janet Altobello (left) and Laurel Swope (right) present Carol Young with the Harris Center's 2014 Educator of the Year Award.

Carol Young, biology teacher and head of the science department at ConVal High School, was named as the Harris Center’s 2014 Educator of the Year. Carol has a long relationship with the Harris Center, and she most recently led the campaign to link every 9th and 10th grade ConVal science class to Harris Center-led studies of the local landscape. She is an insightful, strong teacher who creates lab and field experiences that encourage student curiosity, and we are proud to work with her as she skillfully guides students toward scientific literacy. Carol, we salute you!