Congratulations to Ms. Joy Hartman for being named our Teacher of the Year in the Mid-Atlantic! Our Instructional Coaches LOVE the way you get very young students engaged in STEM, and how you use that to boost learning in all subjects.

Perched on a hill, Garrett Heights in Baltimore City Public Schools is known for creating a positive learning environment for their students. One way they provide this is through strategic community partnerships that allow students to flourish and achieve academic excellence.

It’s this dedication to partnerships and engaging the entire school community that fostered the perfect environment for a partnership with Out Teach. Principal Keisha Matthews-Traynham knew that utilizing the outdoors to increase student engagement, building in cross-curricular objectives, and making the learning experience more meaningful and authentic, would benefit their students.

One huge champion of this philosophy is Joy Hartman. A passionate believer that children are born scientists, and STEM instruction can never start too early, Ms. Hartman works to incorporate outdoor experiential learning with her Pre-K students. She wanted to offer the best for her students, and she knew that could be achieved by teaching using the outdoors. She is a passionate teacher who enjoys learning from fellow educators and increasing awareness of both educational equity and teachers’ incredible impact.

Over Spring Break, Ms. Hartman saw an opportunity to extend her students’ learning, and created outdoor experiential lessons that students could do while at home. She wanted her students to see that experiential learning doesn’t have to “stem” from an outdoor classroom; but it can be achieved in all learning environments.

Please join us in thanking Ms. Hartman for her dedication to her students and making learning an equitable and engaging experience for all!

Out Teach, formerly REAL School Gardens, provides professional development for elementary school teachers. Out Teach prepares them to use school gardens, outdoor classrooms, and green schoolyards to improve instruction through three-dimensional project-based learning, and outdoor experiential inquiry-based education. Professional learning with Out Teach improves hands-on science and STEM education through instructional coaching and digital education resources and improves 21st Century skills.