This year, the Harris Center has chosen two 3rd grade teachers from Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Keene — Andrea Dube and Gail Woolridge — as the recipients of the 2012 Educator of the Year award. Andrea and Gail were formally honored at the 2012 Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 21.
For the past three years, as part of their Birds Across the Seasons curriculum, these teachers have collaborated with Harris Center teacher-naturalist Polly Pattison to bring the experience of banding wild birds to their students and to parents in the Keene community. Because of their enthusiastic support for this curriculum, Franklin School students have learned firsthand about worldwide efforts to monitor bird populations and, in the process, have experienced the wonder of interacting with wildlife on their own school grounds. Congratulations, Andrea & Gail!