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News Release

October 25, 2005


Susan Ward

(Columbia, SC) - An Horry County science teacher has won statewide honors for excellence in environmental education. Susan Ward of Conway’s Whittemore Park Middle School has been named the Project Learning Tree (PLT) 2005 Outstanding Educator of the Year.

Recognized for her innovative work in environmental education, Ward is noted for student-based school recycling projects, backyard habitat development, and energy conservation. Her award will be formally presented November 3 at the SC Forestry Association’s annual meeting in Hilton Head.

A certified PLT facilitator, Ward has trained hundreds of other teachers to use the internationally-acclaimed environmental education concept. The program teaches critical thinking skills and helps students apply them to real-world environmental questions.

Ward is member of the Palmetto State Teachers’ Association, the National Science Teachers Association, the SC Science Council, and the Association of Middle Schools. She is an alumna of the SC Teachers’ tour and has been nominated as the Sun News Outstanding Teacher award.

According to State Coordinator Jerry Shrum, Project Learning Tree is one of the most widely used environmental education supplements in the United States. Since 1984, about 16,000 South Carolina teachers have been trained and certified to use the PLT education program.




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


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