Kelly Mandy of Marist School in Atlanta, Georgia, was the 2015 recipient of the NABT Ecology/Environmental Science Teaching Award. This award, sponsored by Vernier, was presented at the 2015 NABT Professional Development Conference in Providence, RI. Mrs. Mandy is a seventh grade science, environmental science, and ninth grade biology teacher who uses the outdoors as an extension of her classroom. Each week, her students perform water quality tests in nearby Nancy Creek and submit results to Georgia Adopt-a-Stream, making the students directly involved in the monitoring of Georgia’s waterways. Mrs. Mandy’s students also design projects based on the work completed by her previous classes, which allows students to contribute in a short period of time to large-scale projects like the clearing of invasive Chinese Privet from Nancy Creek.
The NABT Ecology/Environmental Science Teaching Award is given to a secondary school teacher who has successfully developed and demonstrated an innovative approach in the teaching of ecology/environmental science and has carried his/her commitment to the environment into the community. Our sponsorship of this award includes $500 toward travel to the NABT Conference and $1,000 of Vernier equipment. The recipient also receives a recognition plaque and one year of complimentary membership to NABT. The application deadline for the Ecology/Environmental Science Teaching Award is March 15 of each year. While it has just passed for 2016, start thinking about applying in 2017. Applications will be available after the NABT Conference in November.