CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
TEACHERS OF THE YEAR!
 

Every year during #TeacherAppreciationWeek, Out Teach celebrates teachers from across the country! 
And at the end of the week, in each region, we name one special teacher in our program to be our “Teacher of the Year.”  Please join us in celebrating our winners below!

 While you’re at it, do you know a teacher that deserves a little extra recognition? 
Take a moment to say “Thank You!” to your favorite teachers now!

Most Wanted Weeds

Most Wanted Weeds

It's springtime and plants of all kinds are starting to grow in school gardens and outdoor learning spaces. It's the perfect time to schedule a first volunteer day for weeding! Not only can weeding be a safely masked outdoor activity the school community can join in, but getting a jump on weeds now will save work later on, and will save water and sunlight for the plants you value more. For young...

Mrs Conchita

Thank you for your dedication and for challenging me, supporting me, lifting me up, calling me out, and for not letting me give up. You did all those things with kindness and a caring spirit that stayed with me always. It is because of teachers like you that lives are positively transformed. Thanks to all the amazing teachers who selflessly go above and beyond to empower their students....

Educator Spotlight — Principal Potter

Principal Potter at Walnut Hill Elementary has been going above and beyond all year to help make sure #EducationIsOpen for his students. Recently, that involved distributing hundreds of learn-from-home STEM kits created by AT&T and Out Teach to get his students involved in hands-on outdoor activities.

Great remote outdoor STEM lessons

Elementary students can enjoy these engaging STEM lessons during remote learning!  Click the table of contents below to "jump" down to your favorite lesson. Safety First Before starting these lessons, ask a grown-up if you can go outside and let them know where you plan to be.  Get a grown-up’s permission before starting each lesson.  You may need to wait for another time to do a lesson safely. ...

Stephanie Espy — Women In STEM

Stephanie Espy — Women In STEM

Stephanie Espy is the Founder and CEO of Math SP, a non-profit located in Atlanta, providing academic and test prep coaching to students in middle school and beyond. Stephanie’s mission is to motivate, inspire, and prepare students to excel in STEM academic subjects and on college and graduate admissions exams. At an early age Stephanie found math exciting, and she has fond memories from...

North Hi Mount Elementary School Spotlight

To help celebrate our school partners’ many accomplishments though recent challenges, this month, we’re asking staff at our partner schools to share some of the things that make their school so special Thank you to all of the teachers, administrators, and support personnel who’ve written in to lift up your school teams! Great work! Today, Anne Santana is helping Out Teach celebrate North Hi...

Shally Stanley — Women in STEM

Shally Stanley — Women in STEM

Out Teach Board Chair Shally Stanley is the SVP of Global Consulting Services and Solutions at Acumen Solutions, a Salesforce Company.  To help celebrate women in STEM this month as part of Out Teach’s #EducationIsOpen campaign, Shally recently talked with us about her STEM journey, and shared her ideas on how to empower and inspire the next generation of women in STEM. As a child, Shally...

Peggy Brookins – Women in STEM

Peggy Brookins – Women in STEM

Peggy Brookins is the President & CEO National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and serves on the national board of Out Teach.  Peggy is also a Woodie Flowers Award Winner, named after the late Dr. Flowers, an engineer and MIT instructor and advisor to Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST Robotics. To support #WomenInSTEM month, Peggy recently did a Q&A with us. “I grew up in Florida...

Nicole Barclay — Women in STEM

Nicole Barclay — Women in STEM

Nicole Barclay is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, in the field of Engineering Technology and Construction Management.  She is also a member of Marie's Kids, a non-profit organization that introduces elementary students to STEAM through interactions with their social and physical environment. She recently shared her STEM journey with the team here at Out...

Sandra Clinton – Women In STEM

Sandra Clinton – Women In STEM

Sandra Clinton is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte, and is also involved with a program called PROGRESS (Promoting Geoscience Research, Education and Success https://geosciencewomen.org/) which provides mentoring and professional development to undergraduate women to prepare them for careers in the geosciences. She recently shared her STEM journey...

Brooke Teller — Women In STEM

Brooke Teller — Women In STEM

Out Teach supporter Laura Newman of Learning by Nature for ME and the School Ground Greening Coalition shared this profile to help us celebrate "Women In STEM" all month long!  Thank you Laura, and thank you Brooke! -------------------- Brooke Teller is a science teacher leader and STEM Coordinator for Portland Public Schools in Portland, Maine. Brooke has been a science educator for 24 years....

Audrelyn Watkins — Women in STEM

Audrelyn Watkins — Women in STEM

Audrelyn Watkins is a certified STEM teacher at Stone Mountain Elementary School in Stone Mountain, Georgia. For as long as she can remember, she has always LOVED Mathematics!  She says, “I love counting items, especially money, and solving Math brain teasers!”  It was this real-world problem potential of Math, and by extension Science, that got her excited about STEM. “In elementary school, I...

Dr. Alicia Jackson — Women in STEM

Dr. Alicia Jackson — Women in STEM

Dr. Alicia Jackson is the STEM/STEAM Teacher with Harper-Archer Elementary School in Atlanta, and will soon complete her STEM Endorsement with Metro RESA. Like so many others in STEM, she became interested in Science when she started have hands-on experiences in Chemistry and Biology in high school, Alicia says “In 10th grade, we were required to take a Biology and Chemistry, and I became so...

Christiane Walker — Women in STEM

Christiane Walker — Women in STEM

Christiane Walker is an Engineering Consultant at the Center for Transportation and the Environment in Georgia. She recently shared her STEM journey with us as part of our #EducationIsOpen campaign’s “Women In STEM” month. ------------------------ “My favorite traditional science subject in school was Biology. I think what interested me the most about it at the time was how connected and...

Errika Moore — Women In STEM

Errika Moore — Women In STEM

Errika Moore is the Senior Program Officer for the Community Foundation of Atlanta. She is also Co-Chair for the Million Women Mentor in the State of Georgia, providing strategic guidance and impact for identifying and developing sustainable mentor opportunities in that will increase the number of women who to pursue and stay committed to STEM careers. At an early age Errika found math...

Fontina Rein — Women In STEM

Fontina Rein — Women In STEM

Fontina Rein is a First Grade Teacher at Suitland Elementary in Hillcrest Heights, MD. For Women in STEM month, she recently shared her STEM journey with Out Teach to help inspire other young women and girls to stick with STEM. ------------------------ “I’ve always loved Science. It was the most amazing subject for me because it gave me the chance to investigate topics using experiments! I’ve...

Dr. Marquita S. Blades — Women In STEM

Dr. Marquita S. Blades — Women In STEM

Dr. Marquita S. Blades works with POWARRful Teaching Strategies in Powder Springs, Georgia. Dr. Blades has spent several years managing national STEM programs for high-achieving high school students, developed two national seminars and resource manuals on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and traveled around the country providing professional development to teachers. She also works...

Charice Chever — Women In STEM

Charice Chever — Women In STEM

Charice Chever is a STEM Program Specialist at Boyd Elementary School in Atlanta, and was kind enough to share with us how her childhood fascination with the world encouraged her to help ensure all students get the exciting hands-on Science they need early and often. Charice has earned many awards, grants and accolades including Atlanta Public School Science Ambassador, Institute on Neuroscience...

Study Local Environments/ Erosion — Women In STEM

4th Grade: Main Idea and Details Synchronous Learning: Lesson #1 Engage: Ask students to think about an experience they have had outdoors. Sketch the experience and then describe it in two to three sentences. Allow students to share their sketch and description. Ask: During your experience outdoors you saw, heard, and touched a lot of things. How did you determine what to share about your...

Study Animal Habitats — Women In STEM

2nd Grade- Animal Habitats Synchronous Learning: Lesson #1 Engage: Show students three different habitats. https://explore.org/livecams/currently-live/tembe-elephant-park https://explore.org/livecams/currently-live/decorah-eagles-north-nest https://explore.org/livecams/oceans/shark-cam Ask: What animals may make this area their habitat? Explain your thinking. Ask: What things would the animals...

Science Workshops with Dr. Katrina Macht

Science Workshops with Dr. Katrina Macht

One of our Wall of Fame Teachers we're profiling for Women In STEM month is Dr. Katrina Macht.  You can read more about her here.   And you can check out the "Adopt a Spot" activity she shared with us here. If you want more hands-on Science teaching tips to show everyone (girls included) that they can be scientists, throughout February, Dr. Macht, is leading Science workshops through Montclair...

Kelsey Ansbro — Women in STEM

Kelsey Ansbro — Women in STEM

As part of our series on Women In Science month, we’re turning the spotlight on women who’ve pursued STEM and STEAM careers, and asking them to reflect on what first sparked their love of Science, how they forged their career paths, and what advice they would give young women hoping to follow in their footsteps. -------------------------------------------------- Kelsey Ansbro is a STEAM Teacher...

Supporting Teachers Through COVID and Beyond

Instructional Coach Jarri Goodman shares what teachers have been experiencing during the pandemic, and how hands-on outdoor lessons can increase engagement and accelerate learning while keeping students and teachers safe.   You can also watch his video below. -------------------- Day after day this spring, call after call, Out Teach Instructional Coach Jarri Goodman heard firsthand what teachers...

Why Move Learning Outdoors?

Why Move Outdoors? There is a call from the top-down, including Dr. Anthony Fauci and The American Academy of Pediatrics that schools should utilize the outdoors as much as possible when returning to in-person learning. Not only does outdoor learning improve safety for students, teachers, and school communities, but outdoor instruction is proven to help close the learning gaps that COVID has...

Group Soup — A Grouping How-To for #EducationIsOpen

One of our amazing educators and the head of our program team, Scott Feille, took some time to share his best practices for grouping kids, even in a virtual environment. Group Soup  Teachers are always learning, and like all educators these days, I’ve been consuming enormous amounts of informational resources to help me understand how to effectively provide the best possible instruction...

Nature Learning Activities You Can Do Anywhere — #EducationIsOpen

Out Teach fan and supporter Jenna King shared these outdoor learning ideas with us so that parents everywhere can continue students' learning and exploration from home. Nature Learning Activities You Can Do Anywhere By Jenna King The education of American children faces an unprecedented challenge. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted learning as usual, keeping kids away from their familiar...

Summer School Story with Tori Delaney — #EducationIsOpen

Summer School Story with Tori Delaney — #EducationIsOpen

Tori Delaney manages the K-5 summer programs for DC Public Schools. At the beginning of March, Tori had the 5-week program all prepped and ready to launch. Her teachers were trained. Her facilities were booked. Her students were registered. “Everybody else looks forward to the summer so they can wind down and relax. I look forward to summer because that’s like ‘game day’ for us. We were excited...

Outdoor Classrooms Close Achievement Gaps and Create Safe Spaces for Learning — #EducationIsOpen

A PDF of this document can be found here. The American Academy of Pediatrics calls using outdoor spaces for learning a “high priority” for schools reopening in the fall because of how they positively affect social emotional learning and can be used as a social distancing strategy. Outdoor spaces also: • Increase social distancing • Increase fresh air • Decrease shared surfaces In their reopening...

#EducationIsOpen : More than social distance – Using the outdoors to boost academic performance

#EducationIsOpen Blog More than social distance – Using the outdoors to boost academic performance Many states have started to put forward plans and guidelines to reopen school buildings in the fall.  A few, such as Georgia and Florida, briefly mention utilizing outdoor spaces, a tactic that’s been widely embraced by parents, thought leaders, and many European countries[1]. Typically, these...

#EducationIsOpen with Ms. Kerrie Lalli, Magnet STEM Lab Teacher, Walter G. Byers School

#EducationIsOpen with Ms. Kerrie Lalli, Magnet STEM Lab Teacher, Walter G. Byers School

Ms. Kerrie Lalli is the Magnet STEM Lab Teacher at Walter G. Byers school in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ms. Lalli brings a hands-on approach to teaching along with a dedication to outdoor Science learning – two things that always excite us at Out Teach! Recently, we were lucky to get the chance to chat with Ms. Lalli and wanted to share some of our conversation with you. We particularly loved...

School Spotlight — Denton Creek Trailblazers!

School Spotlight — Denton Creek Trailblazers!

The teaching team at Denton Creek Elementary has always used their Outdoor Learning Lab, (nicknamed the Trailblazer Discovery Center) with spectacular results, and these days are no exception. GT Intervention Specialist Martha Brown partnered with Out Teach to help launch the experiential outdoor learning program years ago, and the school has embraced it with gusto.  Martha loves it not only for...

A message from our CEO

So many people in our country are suffering right now and many have been for a long time. To our partner school communities – the students and their families; the teachers, principals, district leaders and their families – Out Teach stands beside you, ready to listen, and prepared to hold you up if/when you need it. We recognize that the murder of George Floyd, and many Black Americans before...

Teacher Spotlight — Sean Splawski

Teacher Spotlight — Sean Splawski

When he was a kid, Sean Splawski didn’t like school.  He didn’t like sitting in desks, he didn’t like filling out worksheets, and he struggled to learn and pay attention when teachers lectured for too long.  Some called him “hyperactive.”  So it came as a surprise to those same people that at a very early age, Sean wanted to be a teacher.  He was convinced that there had to...

Teacher Spotlight — Eric Hale

Teacher Spotlight — Eric Hale

Thanks to great teachers like Eric Hale, schools may be closed, but #EducationIsOpen Eric Hale is a teacher at Out Teach partner school William Barnett Elementary.  When Dallas schools re-open, he will be teaching a combined class of first and second graders.  Recently, Eric penned an op-ed  on how he planned to teach remotely straight through the summer to make sure his students,...

Teacher Spotlight — Melissa Amory

Teacher Spotlight — Melissa Amory

NO! Heck NO!  I Can’t Even… When Brookfield Elementary in Virginia closed in response to COVID-19, teachers were sent scrambling to help get students and their parents up on an online educational system. One by one, kindergarten teacher Melissa Amory helped parents connect to the system to continue the school year online.  Week after week she worked with those who couldn’t afford...

Adopt-a-Spot at home activity from Dr. Katrina Macht

You can learn a lot from a little space… One honoree on our Teacher Wall of Fame, Dr. Katrina Macht, created and shared this great “Adopt a Spot” project-based learning activity for upper elementary and middle schoolers. Students pick 1 square meter of outdoor space that they can access regularly, and over the course of several days, conduct a census of the living and non-living things in that...

Tanya Asher – New Manchester High School

Ms. Asher makes sure parents and teachers stay abreast of the students success in the class. She is patient, clear and provide additional resources and assistance if needed.

Angela McCarty – Longleaf Elementary

Angela McCarty – Longleaf Elementary

Angela McCarty achieves remarkable learning gains with her 700+ students every year by empowering an exceptional group of committed teachers who share the belief that all children can succeed, and then working with them to launch innovative initiatives. As an education leader in Mississippi for more than 26 years, Angela has done it all – she’s taught K-3rd grades, served as Dean of Students and...

Martha Brown – Denton Creek

Martha Brown – Denton Creek

It’s been three years since rockstar teacher Martha Brown’s beloved Denton Creek Elementary became an Out Teach partner school, and they’ve done amazing work in their Outdoor Learning Lab, which students have lovingly nicknamed the Trailblazer Discovery Trail.  In addition to the original Out Teach learning features, they’d recently added interactive compression sandboxes, so students could...

Mr. Gillespie – Pace Academy

Mr. Gillespie – Pace Academy

Mr. Gillespie, now deceased, taught high school English in the 90’s and was my best teacher ever. He loved everything William Faulkner (he even looked like him), ran 6 miles most days, and wouldn’t let students use any form of the verb “to be” in their writing. He molded hundreds, maybe thousands, of students into excellent communicators and is the reason I was an English major in college. He...

Rayanne Pirozzi – Lynbrook

Rayanne Pirozzi – Lynbrook

After years of teaching, Rayanne Pirozzi started to feel burned out. As much as she loved working to make a difference in kids’ lives, she could feel the frustration seeping into her days at school. Looking for a way to get out of her rut, Rayanne turned to the outdoors. She’d always loved spending time outside as a child and signed up for a day of professional development from Get2Green in...

Sean Splawski  – Mableton

Sean Splawski – Mableton

Sean Splawski is a dedicated, motivated and passionate teacher. In fact, his name is synonymous with wonderment. There is never a dull moment when you step into Mr. Splawski’s K-5 STEAM Lab. Whether he is harvesting hundreds of sweet potatoes and making everything from sweet potato chips to sweet potato ice cream during a science lesson, taking his students outside for an environmental science...

Ms. Berry — Mitchell

Ms. Berry was instrumental to my daughter’s learning, wellbeing, confidence and overall love of reading. At the time, my daughter and I had walked away from an abusive relationship and our world was chaotic and incredibly trying. Mrs. Berry was caring and engaged my daughter’s mind to concentrate on positive/fulfilling things, as she coped with the emotional and psychological challenges. Mrs....

Union Elementary Cohort

Union Elementary Cohort

Our cohort at Union Elementary believes in the power of outdoor experiential learning! Ts Hill, Caines, Phillips, Burrows, Payne, and Jarzombeck develop lessons that drive critical thinking and promote SEL. The cohort is supported by Ms. Glasheen, who helps create and deliver lessons in the outdoor classroom. Principal Jennifer Deaton supports their work to grow as professionals and develop...

Principal Belton – Paw Creek

Principal Belton – Paw Creek

Principal Belton at Paw Creek is a true leader that empowers her team to step outside of the classroom to increase student engagement, drive critical thinking, and provide unique learning experiences.

Ms. Walker – Southside-Ashpole

Ms. Walker – Southside-Ashpole

Ms. Walker at Southside-Ashpole has a contagious enthusiasm for teaching and learning! Her students have adopted a large tree on campus as their outdoor experiential learning classroom!

Ms. Catlin – Eno Valley

Ms. Catlin – Eno Valley

Ms. Catlin from Eno Valley is a great communicator, helps Ts use the outdoor space more effectively, and develops more outdoor learning spaces on her campus. She is a great advocate for outdoor learning!

Mr. Crow – Governors Village STEM Academy

Mr. Crow – Governors Village STEM Academy

Mr. Crow at Governors Village STEM Academy is a great advocate for outdoor experiential learning. He spends hours in their outdoor classroom involving parents, community members, and students from the nearby high school. He also created a trail into the woods of for outdoor experiences for students. They went back in time to the Revolutionary War, using their compass and cardinal directions to...

Gwynns Falls Cohort

Gwynns Falls Cohort

The Out Teach cohort at Gwynns Falls Elementary in Baltimore is passionate about providing an engaging learning experience for their students. Thank you for your dedication to including outdoor learning in your daily instruction!

Montpelier Cohort

Montpelier Cohort

The hard work of the Out Teach cohort at Montpelier Elementary in Prince George's County has not gone unnoticed! Thank you for your dedication to improving your practice to support student achievement.

Garrison Cohort

Garrison Cohort

Garrison elementary has such an inspirational group of teachers in their Out Teach cohort! Thank you for taking learning outdoors and making such a beautiful impact on your students’ lives.

Brookfield Cohort

Brookfield Cohort

The Out Teach cohort at Brookfield Elementary had a great year of empowering and educating students. Thank you for taking learning outside and teaching students in such an engaging way!

Whittier Cohort

Whittier Cohort

To the Out Teach cohort at Whittier STEM Elementary, thank you very much for your hard work! It was an amazing year. We always look forward to seeing your outdoor lessons. Another shout out read... Our Whittier Warrior Teachers are the BEST! What a way to kick off a new garden in our school but to have 6 amazing teachers dive into the experiential learning world and show our families and fellow...

Patriece Hence – Brown Elementary

Patriece Hence – Brown Elementary

Ms. Hence of Brown Elementary promotes curiosity in her classroom. Her dedication to learning science and engineering practices is admirable. We provided support for her, but she was very supportive of us!

Catherine Tommasello — Tritt

Catherine Tommasello — Tritt

We learn so much from Catherine Tommasello at Tritt! Her differentiation of content is top notch. We’ve never seen kindergartners rotate through learning centers so efficiently. It’s been a pleasure coaching her!

Lambert Bales – Norton Park

Lambert Bales – Norton Park

Lambert Bales of Norton Park ensures every student experiences hands-on learning regardless of their different learning needs. He facilitates student-led inquiry instead of giving answers directly. Thank you!

Nicole Uqdah – Mt. Zion Elementary

Nicole Uqdah – Mt. Zion Elementary

Nicole Uqdah in is a very engaging teacher! Never a dull day in her class. We love visiting her classroom. She embraces her time with OT and is always grateful for our support. Thanks for all you do!

Karen Carstens – Tritt

Karen Carstens – Tritt

Principal Karen Carstens acknowledges the hard work of her amazing Ts. Every compliment, she immediately credits the Tritt STEAM teachers. Thank you for recognizing teachers throughout the year and not waiting until May!

Shelbi Jones — Sanger Preparatory

Shelbi Jones — Sanger Preparatory

Ms. Jones is an incredible teacher who inspires a love of learning and inquiry among her Gifted and Talented students. Ms. Jones' class is an enrichment class and we weren't sure how that would be addressed during this At-Home time. We were so delighted to find out that Ms. Jones instantly stepped up to the challenge and created a website for all of her Kinder-5th grade GT students. She made it...

Ms. Hollie Davidson — Western Union Elementary — 2020 Teacher of the Year — Carolinas

Ms. Hollie Davidson — Western Union Elementary — 2020 Teacher of the Year — Carolinas

Ms. Hollie Davidson -- Western Union Elementary -- 2020 Teacher of the Year -- Carolinas Out Teach is pleased to honor Mrs. Hollie Davidson as the Teacher of the Year for our Carolinas Region!  Mrs. Davidson has worked closely with our instructional coach Allie this year to regularly utilize the tremendous outdoor classroom resources on her campus as a vehicle for experiential learning.  She...

Jacqueline Rodriguez – L.L Hotchkiss Elementary

Jacqueline Rodriguez – L.L Hotchkiss Elementary

Mrs. Rodriguez has definitely embraced online learning and has made it fun for herself and the kids. She has an interactive online classroom and she’s part of the spirit committee and keeps the kids involved with our spirit week. The kids look forward to her class and she does as well. 🙂 One of the BEST teachers I’ve had the pleasure to work with 🙂

Hector Rivera — Sanger Preparatory School

Hector Rivera — Sanger Preparatory School

Kudos to Mr. Rivera for making Math and Science lessons fun, interactive, and engaging from afar. Since we have been sheltered-in-place, he has gone above and beyond in teaching his lessons with Zoom and Loom. He has found such creative ways to present multiplication, division, parts of the plant, vertebrates and invertebrates, etc. through the use of online platforms. In addition to the...

Sr. Pam Sanguinnet — Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School

Sr. Pam came straight out of the Catholic Handbook for Nuns. Tough and uncompromising. She demanded (and usually got) the best from her students, even if it was the 70's and fear-based classroom management had not given way to cooperative learning. When she wrote her name on the board for day one, it wasn't just for lip service as she informed us that Sanguinett was the Latin word for BLOOD. In...

Ms. Moore — John Ireland

"""I never realized I could make so many connections to writing outdoors"" Ms. Moore was thrilled to get her students outside and use nature as the inspiration to use descriptive words in their writing in 4th grade. She works tirelessly for her students and encourages them to think creatively. Having worked as a professional journalist before coming to John Ireland - she wanted to give back and...

Amanda Kane — Sanger Preparatory School

Amanda Kane — Sanger Preparatory School

We have always considered Ms. Kane an outstanding teacher. The At-Home Learning situation has given us a closer look at how truly phenomenal she is in ensuring the academic success and emotional well-being of all her students. Ms. Kane has worked hard in developing her own website, recording YouTube videos, and hosting ZOOM meetings as a means to reach all of her students. 100% of Ms. Kane’s...

Damian Bautista — L.L.Hotchkiss

Damian Bautista — L.L.Hotchkiss

Mr. Damian Bautista has always gone over and beyond for the students that he serves. He led the students in a chess club, took them to tournaments during the weekend, all while teaching and ensuring students are meeting their goals. Covid-19 changed our way of teaching , however Mr. Bautista has not lowered his expectations. He has found new ways of engaging and capturing students’ attention,...

Cellini Eastman — Gwynns Falls Elementary — 2020 Teacher of the Year – Mid-Atlantic Region

Cellini Eastman — Gwynns Falls Elementary — 2020 Teacher of the Year – Mid-Atlantic Region

Cellini Eastman Fifth Grade Gwynns Falls Elementary, Baltimore City Public Schools, MD 2020 Teacher of the Year – Mid-Atlantic Region Cellini Eastman is a teacher who loves to learn. She is always eager to learn how to spark students’ interests and improve her instructional practice. Ms. Eastman’s enthusiasm for learning made her a perfect addition to the Out Teach cohort at her school. She was...

Makynna Cunniff — Midlothian ISD

Makynna Cunniff — Midlothian ISD

There were two nominations for Ms. Cunniff "Ms. Cunniff is the best teacher because she gives us chances and she is nicer than all of the other teachers. She goes above and beyond to help us understand what we are learning and she lets us play while learning." and "This is Ms. Cunniff's first year teaching and let me tell you how well she has managed teaching these 4th graders and during a...

Ms. Neel – Sudie Williams TAG

Ms. Neel – Sudie Williams TAG

You want to see real transformation first hand - go to Sudie Williams and ask to sit in on Ms. Neel's class. She is an amazing educator with a heart for kids and a passion for learning herself. "Hey since I can make it to your model lesson, I'm going to have my sub video tape you and I will watch it on my own." Any questions?

Dr. Popa — Sudie Williams TAG

Dr. Popa — Sudie Williams TAG

You want to see the practical application of knowledge and skills in a real world setting. Look no further than Dr. Popa's 6th grade class at Sudie Williams TAG Academy. Good thing I forgot my lunch because students were building ovens and cooking hot dogs using thermal energy from the sun. As a bonus, one student even made a cake representing the layers of the earth for dessert. You keep...

Mrs. Jones — HI Holland

They might be small - but they are mighty! Mrs. Jones reminds her students daily that they can achieve ANYTHING they put their mind to. I appreciate her hardwork and dedication to teaching and learning - she makes it fun.

Ms. Soto – HI Holland

Ms. Soto – HI Holland

No one engages students in 5th grade writing and science the way Ms. Soto does. She is thoughtful in her planning and discussions with students. She loves to motivate them to do their best everyday.

Ms. Gongora – Ebby Halliday

Ms. Gongora – Ebby Halliday

Kinder is such a critical year - it sets up a child for success. They will walk away life long learners or be disinterested in learning for life. I can tell you that in Ms. Gongora's classroom they will have a love and passion for learning that goes beyond the four walls of her classroom.  She is so hardworking and dedicated to her young students - watching them grow and track bean seeds was a...

Ms. Hernandez – HB Gonzalez

Ms. Hernandez – HB Gonzalez

The minute she was off her "walker" after surgery - she was outside teaching kids. I have to give a shout out to Ms. Hernandez because even though she was limited in some aspects of our work - she delivered an amazing lesson on living and non-living things. Her students were actively engaged with the outdoors and she successfully monitored every aspect of their learning. Great Job!

Ms. Rentowski – HB Gonzalez

Ms. Rentowski – HB Gonzalez

" Wow, I am so excited to try a lesson on angles out here" - she was hooked ever since. Ms. Rentowski is always willing to take risks and try new things, especially if it benefits kids. From the moment we met, I knew she was special and I was impressed at the way she fostered communication and collaboration among her students

Mr. Gutierrez — HB Gonzalez

Mr. Gutierrez — HB Gonzalez

Mr. Gutierrez was so excited by experiential learning outdoors - he invited a colleague to join him. In fact, together they developed a lesson on the Needs of Plants that can be found on our website. All 2nd graders had a chance to plant seeds and observe them over time when one variable was changed. He really wants to push his students to ask questions and think critically.

Ms. Gonzalez – John Ireland Elementary

"They were looking for evidence to support claims on the movement of water! I love teaching outside and the students love it too" Something happens when kids can put their hands on a difficult concept in the real world - it becomes tangible and meaningful. Ms. Gonzalez is new to science although she teaches like a veteran. Now with some coaching - going outside is just a natural extension for...

Samantha Hatfield  — Cole Academy

Samantha Hatfield — Cole Academy

Samantha goes above and beyond to make her students feel welcomed and accepted, no matter what! She understands the importance of a smiling face and the impact that she can have on her students lives for years to come.

Dr. Katrina Macht – Hillside Intermediate School

Dr. Katrina Macht – Hillside Intermediate School

More than 20 years ago, Dr. Katrina Macht showed me excellent teaching in action through outdoor learning, when I first visited Hillside Intermediate School in Bridgewater, New Jersey. To this day, she uses all the best practices to engage her students -- project-based learning, inquiry, experiential learning, environmental literacy, and service. Just outside the school's door is Hillside's...

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Fill out the nomination form here.

Join Out Teach in celebrating teachers who go above and beyond as part of our #EducationIsOpen campaign.  Nominate your favorite teacher here!  When you're done, you can also make a donation in their honor here!  During #TeacherAppreciation week, your donation will be doubled thanks to a $25,000 match from Sprouts Farmers Market. Thank you for helping us support teachers through COVID and...

María Neal — Sanger Preparatory School

María Neal — Sanger Preparatory School

Before COVID-19, we considered Mrs. Neal an amazing teacher. Now that we are in At-Home Learning situation, we see that she is more than just amazing, she is off-the-charts PHENOMENAL. To meet the needs of her students, Mrs. Neal created her own class website that integrates 1st and 2nd grade skills/concepts with engaging, hands-on, high-interest activities. Mrs. Neal also does a fantastic job...

Elizabeth Armendariz  — S.T.A.G. in Pleasant Grove

Elizabeth Armendariz — S.T.A.G. in Pleasant Grove

Lisa represents our staff’s ability to connect with students and families , especially during our At Home Learning, masterfully. She has gone out of her way to promote literature, poetry, outdoor experiences and social emotional learning throughout her virtual classroom. This was not uncommon throughout her in-class sessions and students have in turn made great gains in her class. As the family/...

Jonathan Cruz — S.T.A.G. in Pleasant Grove PTO

Jonathan Cruz — S.T.A.G. in Pleasant Grove PTO

Jonathan is THE promoter for OUT TEACH on our campus. He always brings the Best attitude to campus and in turn motivates and inspires his students daily. He’s been such a promoter of dual language instruction within science and writing and even leads professional development at the district level for second language instruction. Walking through his room you are inspired by his energy and...

Katherine Gann — Castleberry ISD

Katherine Gann — Castleberry ISD

Mrs. Gann has always been amazing but especially so during this time of uncertainty. She has gone above and beyond creating meaningful lessons and I see growth in my kindergarten now just as I did before when they met as a class. She is kind-hearted , caring and well versed in laying the foundation of learning for kindergarten!

Mr. Cassidy Woodall — Casey Elementary — 2020 Teacher of the Year — Texas

Mr. Cassidy Woodall — Casey Elementary — 2020 Teacher of the Year — Texas

Mr. Cassidy Woodall -- Casey Elementary  Out Teach is pleased to honor Mr. Cassidy Woodall as the Teacher of the Year for our Texas Region!  Mr. Woodall has worked closely with our instructional coach Sammy this year to regularly utilize the outdoors on his campus as a vehicle for experiential learning.  According to his teaching philosophy, he is passionate about ensuring every student that...

Anna Wescott — Halverson Elementary

Anna Wescott — Halverson Elementary

Mrs. Wescott is one of the most dedicated teachers I know. She is always learning and growing to become the best educator she can be for her students. She has a warm heart and a loving spirit, and she cares deeply for every child in her class. She is always willing to go above and beyond for her students, her fellow teachers, and her school. Yay Anna!

Bob Fardy — Alcott Elementary

Bob Fardy — Alcott Elementary

From writing and binding our own storybooks to writing and analyzing poetry, Bob Fardy sparked a lasting love of books and literature for all of his young students.  He told stories with a sort of calm energy that enthralled and transported his classes.  Going a step further, he'd bring authors to life with costumed question and answer sessions, ensuring children understood both the historical...

Natasha Outlaw — Deer Park Middle Magnet School

Natasha Outlaw — Deer Park Middle Magnet School

Ms. Outlaw is the best teacher! Not only is she on top of her content and instruction, but she is our school's go-to teacher for students to go to when they need a break from their classroom. She is compassionate, empathetic, caring, kind, and always expects the best from our students.

Dr. Ted Miracle — Devonshire Elementary

Dr. Ted Miracle — Devonshire Elementary

Dr. Miracle has dedicated himself to inspiring the next generation children with content rich, hope filled lessons. While at Devonshire Elementary he over saw a BIG DIG. Now students have professional spaces for learning outside of the brick walls of the school. Students can grow things, make observations, track weather using tools and much more in safe opportunity rich learning areas. They even...

Principal Cervantes — Henry B. Gonzalez Personalized Learning Academy

Principal Cervantes — Henry B. Gonzalez Personalized Learning Academy

Principal Cervantes, at Henry B. Gonzalez Personalized Learning Academy leads by the mission of empowering future world changers through collaboration and transformative thinking. He promotes the whole child and holds all his stakeholders accountable for building a foundation of excellence!  His was the first Out Teach classroom in Texas and Principal Cervantes broadcasted his morning message...

Ms. Romansky, Ms. Bowman, Ms. Grimes, Ms. Park, Ms. Clements, & Ms. Stuart — Trinity Basin Prep

Ms. Romansky, Ms. Bowman, Ms. Grimes, Ms. Park, Ms. Clements, & Ms. Stuart — Trinity Basin Prep

At Trinity Basin Preparatory, they believe that every child can succeed and teachers like Ms. Romansky, Ms. Bowman, Ms. Grimes, Ms. Park, Ms. Clements and Ms. Stuart are VERY dedicated to that mission. This is the cohort most strongly dedicated to preparing and delivering rigorous, high quality lessons outdoors. Each was so focused and each cared about delivering meaningful, engaging learning...

Kimberly Alvarez — Ebby Halliday Elementary

Kimberly Alvarez — Ebby Halliday Elementary

Ms. Alvarez teaches second grade at Ebby Halliday Elementary, and although she is in her second year – her instruction is as seamless as any veteran. She put in such hard work this year with me as her coach trying new and different instructional methods! A first timer to outdoor, experiential learning she focused exclusively on student engagement and success. Ms. Alvarez is sensitive to the...

Andie Threatt — Solar Prep

Andie Threatt — Solar Prep

The one person who Suzy Peacock, our founder would have envisioned when thinking of a person who brings vitality and creativity outdoors - Andie Threatt! In addition to bringing her own classes outside daily, she organizes community events at her Solar Prep Campus such as Campus Clean Up, Spring Transplanting  and Tree Planting Days. She assists other teachers with vertical planning outdoor...

Principal Villarreal — Casey Elementary

Principal Villarreal — Casey Elementary

From the first time I met Ms. Villarreal at our interview for the Out Teach build and train program I knew she was different.  She was one of those Principals that takes staff, student and community and the outdoor environment and packages it all together.  Its not just a students learning but creating the whole child in our community.  Whether its walking the grounds of her school discussing...

Rachel Brown – Harmony Science Academy

Rachel Brown – Harmony Science Academy

When I think of a person that brings their local community together for the good of their school I think of Rachel Brown. In addition to bringing her own classes outside daily, she organizes community events at her Harmony Science Academy Campus in Forth Worth.  Whether it’s a clean up day, installing little libraries for not only the students but the parents to use, planning a health fair and...

Katie Benningfield — S.T.A.G. in Pleasant Grove

Katie Benningfield — S.T.A.G. in Pleasant Grove

Katie has demonstrated consistently quality leadership characteristics that the Mayor would want at the forefront of his council. Katie Benningfield has demonstrated a profound ability to lead others within our campus as well as teachers outside of campus, in our region and in our state. Katie has also led initiatives for students at risk through leading non-profit agencies that provide food,...

Kassandra Dena — S.T.A.G. in Pleasant Grove

Kassandra Dena — S.T.A.G. in Pleasant Grove

Kassandra Dena goes above and beyond her call of duty for her students. She is a firm believer that what she does impacts lives. She meets with her students off-line to provide motivation and coaching. She coaches her students in academic competitions, athletic competitions and still holds them highly accountable in her classroom. She understands the importance of being a dual language learner...

Laurie Cory — Jolly Elementary — 2020 Teacher of the Year – Southeast

Laurie Cory — Jolly Elementary — 2020 Teacher of the Year – Southeast

Laurie Cory Kindergarten Teacher Jolly Elementary School, Dekalb County Schools, GA 2020 Teacher of the Year – Southeast From the moment Out Teach’s instructional coach, Jarri Goodman, walked into Ms. Cory’s kindergarten classroom her love and passion for educating students was undeniable. Ms. Cory’s learning environment can be described as a culture of accountability and encouragement. Students...

SELA PCS

Thank you for creating such a positive learning environment and for being such excellent educators.

Center City Brightwood Cohort

Center City Brightwood Cohort

Thank you for creating an environment of enthusiasm for learning, appreciation for growing, and room for support and kindness.

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.