Local educators from across the Columbia Basin region were recognized at the Classrooms to Communities (C2C) 2022 Provincial Conference in Revelstoke on October 21 for their efforts in educating students and the public on environmental stewardship and sustainability.
The Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network’s (CBEEN) Awards of excellence recognized 12 outstanding local educators, including five of Revelstoke’s own, at the conference — Lisa Moore, Matt Kieller, Sarah Newton, Hailey Ross, and Jade Harvey-Berrill.
The C2C conference is a professional development event for teachers across the province and took place in Revelstoke over the weekend. Read our coverage of the C2C conference here:
“The 2022 award winners include early years, Indigenous, and community educators, along with primary and intermediate teachers. All are committed to creating opportunities for people to connect with, learn about, and learn from our amazing local environment,” said Mia King, Program Manager for the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN). “We are grateful for their dedication to increasing the ecological literacy of students, professionals, and community members throughout the Columbia Basin.”
CBEEN’s 2022 Awards of Excellence in Environmental Education recipients are:
- Indigenous Educator – Jenna Jasek (Invermere)
- Indigenous Educator – Lisa Moore (Revelstoke)
- Primary Teacher – Caren Nagao (Golden)
- Primary Teacher – Jodi Casey (Invermere)
- Primary Teacher – Rita Corcoran (Slocan Valley)
- Intermediate Teacher – Matt Kieller (Revelstoke)
- Intermediate Teacher – Sarah Newton (Revelstoke)
- Early Years Educator – Cheryl Anderson (Kimberley)
- Early Years Educator – Evelyn Walker (Columbia Valley)
- Community Educator – Kathy Murray (Fernie/Elk Valley/South Country)
- Community Educator – Hailey Ross (Revelstoke)
- Community Educator – Jade Berrill (Revelstoke)
The 2022 nomination summaries for Revelstoke’s Award Recipients:
Lisa Moore is an Indigenous Education support worker with SD19. Beyond empowering SD19 students and staff to have more Indigenous-based ecological knowledge, Lisa has also made Truth and Reconciliation in SD19 a welcome and desired topic, thanks to her efforts. Lisa is a loving and calm educator, leaving everyone she works with (which is probably every teacher and every classroom in SD19!) feeling welcomed and inspired.
Matt Kieller is an intermediate-level teacher that melds outdoor education, social-emotional learning, and Indigenous ways of learning with the regulars of science, socials, math, language arts, and career education. His students spend 1/3 of each day outside, whether it is to check the weather in the morning, to do science, or for journal writing. Matt personifies how valuable and possible environmental education can be and makes each day a meaningful one for the planet and his students.
Sarah Newton has been a classroom teacher for over 20 years and has always been committed to bringing her students outside to be part of nature. She often helps facilitate and lead workshops and the district with Pro-D days on outdoor education and climate change education. Her field guide to local trails responded to the needs of busy teachers who want to take their classes on field trips but don’t have time to organize the logistics. Sarah was also instrumental in coordinating the building of three outdoor classrooms in Revelstoke and organizing the 2019 Climate Action Fair, which was a student-led day of education and action against Climate Change. Sarah is a wealth of knowledge and sprinkles hope and joy in all her classes.
Hailey Ross has been the executive director of the Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology (CMI) since 2013. CMI is a non-profit organization supporting people doing applied ecology with educational and professional development opportunities. Identifying needs through a network of biologists, scientists, resource managers, and environmental consultants, Hailey has organized numerous professional development courses and events. She also organizes the very popular Columbia Regional Ecological Discussion (CRED) talk series, a less formal event that appeals to professionals as well as the general public. The most recent CRED talks series included eight different speakers focusing on the theme of Climate Disruption in the Upper Columbia Basin. Beyond CMI, Hailey has also done a lot of work on the topic of food security in Revelstoke, writing the first version of Revelstoke’s Food Security Strategy in 2014 and currently working on the updated version.
Jade Harvey-Berrill has experience teaching outdoor and environmental education in classrooms, school yards, and natural spaces across the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada for over 10 years! Jade also shares her wealth of knowledge and passion for environmental education through her job at the Outdoor Learning Store, whether co-hosting the Earthly Chats podcast or delivering custom workshops to various organizations interested in improving or increasing the environmental education in which they are involved with delivering. By providing support networks for teachers and other educators, Jade is helping to grow the outdoor education community.
Read all of the award recipient nomination summaries here.