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Three Cheers for the Educators of the Year!

May 1, 2013
Emily Wrubel (left) and Stacy Egan (right), with their New Hampshire Environmental Educators of the Year Awards.

Emily Wrubel (left) and Stacy Egan (right), with their New Hampshire Environmental Educators of the Year Awards — and some waders, for good measure.

Congratulations to Emily Wrubel and Stacy Egan, 8th grade science teachers in the ConVal school district, for receiving the 2013 New Hampshire Environmental Educator of the Year award! Emily, of South Meadow School, and Stacy, of Great Brook School, both collaborate with the Harris Center on the Otter Brook Farm Project, which provides students with monthly ecological studies experiences throughout the school year.

In the words of Harris Center teacher-naturalist Susie Spikol Faber, “Both Emily and Stacy embody the best of what teachers have to give to the world. They are compassionate and dedicated to their students. They are innovative and dynamic teachers, understanding that science is a process that is typically messy, a bit noisy, often unpredictable, and demands student questioning. They are courageous. In a time when our educational system demands performance on high stake testing, these teachers believe in the value of leaving the safety of their classroom and Xeroxed labs for the unbound wilds of a Peterborough property. They are believers in the value of hands-on inquiry learning in the real world.”

Thank you, Emily and Stacy, for your inspiring dedication to your students and to environmental education!