Gainesville, Fla. (Nov 14) – Florida Project Learning Tree awarded Kay Henry with the 2016 Educator of the Year award at their annual professional development conference in Palm Beach November 5.
Each year Project Learning Tree (PLT) recognizes and awards one educator who has demonstrated exceptional commitment and service to the program. The nonprofit environmental education program succeeds with dedication and contributions of educators. Kay was honored during the awards banquet of “IndusTREE and Nature Do Coexist” professional development conference.
Kay is an educator with more than 30 years of teaching experience. She currently teaches kindergarten at Lakeland Christian School (LCS), where she captures her “little bears” imaginations through hands-on learning projects that reinforce a love of reading and care for the environment. Fred Wiechmann, former principal and current science resource teacher, nominated Kay for the award. He introduced Kay to Project Learning Tree when she began teaching at LCS 16 years ago. According to Fred, Kay is one of the finest early childhood educators he has ever worked with. She has taught a generation of youngsters PLT principles, facilitating workshops throughout Florida and in South Carolina.
“When she came to LCS she quickly embraced PLT and other environmental education curricula, masterfully adapting these activities for her students." She was trained as a PLT facilitator and assisted with many workshops, working with early childhood teachers, demonstrating and modeling her adaptations to the “Prek-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide”, before PLT developed the “Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood Guide”. Kay integrates many PLT activities through the year, and has a focus on the FL Black Bear during the school’s annual Creation Care Week.
About Florida Project Learning Tree®
Florida Project Learning Tree is an affiliate of the national environmental education program Project Learning Tree. Florida Project Learning Tree is located within the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) in Gainesville, FL. Florida PLT is one of 50 state programs, a part of Project Learning Tree’s network of more than 500,000 educators. Throughout the state, the program is committed to promoting PLT programs and initiatives.
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PLT is a versatile and interdisciplinary environmental education program with an award-winning curriculum that engages students in both indoor and outdoor activities. To find out more about Florida Project Learning Tree and its affiliation with the national Project Learning Tree program, as well as its relationship with the University of Florida’s SFRC, visit http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/plt.