Langan-McRoberts Awarded 2013 Becker Award

Colleen, Molly and Barbara at recognition ceremony

Colleen (center) receives Becker Award from Molly Madden (left) and Barbara Garrity (right).

EEANM presented the 2013 Dr. Richard W. Becker Award for Excellence in Environmental Education to Colleen Langan-McRoberts, Open Space Coordinator for Bernalillo County. Continue Reading →

2013 PLT Outstanding Educator – Noel Chilton

Noel Chilton 2013 PLT Outstanding EducatorNoel Chilton is the 2013 NM PLT Outstanding Educator of the Year!

Noel is an highly skilled and dedicated educator, parent and activist. She was nominated by both her former principal at Coronado Elementary School, Anna Marie Ulibarrί, and her colleague, Cirrelda Snider-Bryan, Early Childhood Education Coordinator from the NM Museum of Natural History and Science.

Her work with the students, faculty and parents at Coronado, as well as her advocacy work in NM is well-regarded. Under her direction, the students participated in the creation of the inspiring video, “Coronado Connects the Dots.” Noel also led the 350 Action Day at Coronado, which brought awareness of rising carbon in our atmosphere. She signed up Coronado as a PLT Green School, attended the training, and worked with the students to complete the audits. She was also responsible for arranging the PLT inservice at Coronado. Many other activities were mentioned by her nominators, and we know of more instances than they mentioned in their nominations, such as when she helped facilitate PLT workshops as a volunteer.

Pricipal Ulibarrί, stated, “Noel demonstrates a quiet, focused and inspirational leadership. She has worked effectively with our parents, staff, and students to implement positive changes at our school. Noel is also very knowledgeable and holds a high standard for the capacities of our children. She is open to their ideas and has provided thought provoking, life changing experiences for them. I know she has made a huge difference at our site.”

Ms. Snider-Bryan stated, “in my 25 plus years as an educator and parent, I have rarely seen this level of understanding by elementary-aged children experiencing environmental education. Noel Chilton’s creative actions as Green Team Leader have guided youth to understand human impact on the environment, aided by her ingenuous interpretation of Project Learning Tree curriculum.”

“We know first hand the power and passion of Noel’s dedication to the environment and the role our youth play in sustainability. Not only is she one of the best environmental and art educators I know she is also friend and parent making a profound difference in the world. Our children and our community are thankful for all the small and large moments of beauty, enlightenment and change Noel has shared with us.” ~Lonnie Anderson via Facebook

Christina Selby Recognized with 2012 Becker Award

Christina Selby, Photo courtesy of EarthCare

Christina Selby, photo courtesy of EarthCare

Christina Selby, Co-Founder and Education Director of Earth Care and a distinguished member of the environmental education community, was awarded the second annual Dr. Richard W. Becker Award of Excellence in Environmental Education.  Dr. Becker was a champion of conservation, environmental education and service learning across the state of New Mexico.

“This award recognizes an outstanding individual that has influenced students and colleagues in New Mexico through environmental education and service learning.  This honor celebrates Christina’s accomplishments and reflects the qualities Dr. Becker both exhibited and held in high regard,” stated a member of the nomination review committee.

For over a decade, Ms. Selby and Earth Care have served over 8,000 youth through environmental education programs focusing on positive youth development, cross-cultural leadership, and environmental stewardship.  As Dr. Becker did in his lifetime, Ms. Selby has positively impacted her community and students through collaborative partnerships and service-learning programs including a Sustainable Education Teacher Institute, the Sustainable Food and Gardening Program and more.

Ms. Selby received a cash award and an engraved turkey call, a special tribute to Dr. Becker.  She was honored at EEANM’s annual conference in Albuquerque in October 2012.

2012 Outstanding Service to EE Awards

Kimi Scheerer and Amy Landers received Outstanding Service to EE awards at the annual conference. Both are now retiring from the Board. Here is a brief synopsis of their work at EEANM:

Kim Scheerer

Kim Scheerer with a famous bosque porcupine.

Kimi was a member of the Board for six years, and has been a strong champion, representing EEANM at meetings, conferences, and information tables. She has been Conference Chair and Co-Chair for our annual conference for at least three years in a row. She has boundless energy and has inspired thousands of children through her work with BEMP at Bosque School and throughout the state. She has presided over a period of organizational development where we developed policies and procedures that have increased the professionalism of the organization and the clarity of Board member responsibilities.

Barbara and Amy in DC

Barbara Garrity and Amy Landers visited DC to advocate for No Child Left Inside.

Amy has been a member of the Board for four years, and has completely organized the financial accounting practices of the organization. She has worked with the Exec. Dir. to develop annual budgets, reports and transitioned the organization’s finances as we hired our first employee. She has put in hundreds of hours at her computer, mastering Quickbooks and entering data to keep us informed and aware of our financial status as we build the organization. She has help develop a board nomination process, other policies and forms to professionalize the organization. She has also helped with the EE Certification Program development and the Environmental Literacy Planning.

Thanks to both of these outstanding Board members who contributed to the increased capacity of the organization over the past several years.

2012 PLT Outstanding Educator – Carolyn Nesbitt

Carolyn Nesbitt is NM PLT's 2012 Outstanding EducatorNew Mexico Project Learning Tree (PLT) has announced its first annual Outstanding Educator of the Year. Carolyn Nesbitt is the Fenton Ranch Director for Manzano Day School, where she is responsible for teaching students about the natural environment at a retreat in the Jemez Mountains. Continue Reading →

EE Connections Summer 2011

Donald Becker (Richard’s Brother), Eileen Wood, Dana Vackar Strang, and Tish Morris at the award ceremony. Photo by Cheryl Riley.

Donald Becker (Richard’s Brother), Eileen Wood, Dana Vackar Strang, and Tish Morris at the award ceremony. Photo by Cheryl Riley.

Download EE Connections for Summer 2011 [PDF].

What’s inside?

  • Dr. Richard W. Becker Awards of Excellence in Environmental Education Honor Tish Morris and Eileen Wood
  • Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights: Wild Friends Comes on Board for 2012
  • The National Leopold Education Conference Comes to Albuquerque
  • Rio Grande Nature Center Education Building Opens its Doors
  • 2011 American Tree Farm Convention