South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

February 17, 2004


(COLUMBIA, SC) - A Spartanburg third-grade teacher is one of the top environmental educators in the nation. Derenda Marshall of River Ridge Elementary has been named a Project Learning Tree Outstanding Educator of the Year.

The award, one of only five conferred nationwide, is sponsored by Project Learning Tree (PLT), an international environmental education effort. Marshall’s award will be formally presented at the PLT Coordinators Conference in North Dakota this summer.

Marshall was cited for incorporating environmental education concepts into all subjects of her third-grade curriculum. According to state PLT Coordinator Jerry Shrum, Marshall’s efforts have wide-ranging effects, expanding environmental consciousness from the classroom into the community.

Marshall is South Carolina’s fourth national PLT award winner in the past six years. She joins Kathy Felder of Orangeburg (2003), and fellow Spartanburg educators Dr. Ed Donovan (2000) and Barbara Jo Silver (1998).

Project Learning Tree is an international environmental education program that focuses on teaching children how to think, rather than what to think. The program, available for grades K-12, is used throughout the United States and in several foreign countries.


For more information, contact: Jerry Shrum, 803-896-8892.

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