AskHRgreen.org, a Hampton Roads environmental education initiative, recently honored 10 area teachers with Green Star awards to commemorate the organization’s 10th anniversary.
Among those recognized is Pamela Hall, a science, technology, engineering and math teacher at Carrollton Elementary School.
Each teacher will receive a monetary prize of $1,000 to be used for future environmental-themed class projects.
“Everything Ms. Hall does with her students is practical, applicable to life, sustainable and environmentally friendly,” her nomination said. “His students learned to reuse everything from plastic bags to cereal boxes to egg cartons. Ms Hall has also taught her students about renewable energy and plans to use her scholarship funds to help students integrate wind and solar power into their engineering projects.
News of the Green Star program broke last fall when applications were opened to any Hampton Roads instructor overseeing one-of-a-kind, environmentally-focused studies and projects with K-12 students. An askHRgreen.org steering committee reviewed more than 40 nominations submitted by colleagues, parents, and administrators, identifying educators who have developed and led immersive, eco-friendly teaching experiences for their students.
“The pandemic has been such a difficult time for students and teachers,” said Rebekah Eastep, askHRgreen.org team leader. “We wanted to use this special anniversary as a way to give back and recognize educators who have gone above and beyond to promote environmental stewardship in their schools and communities.”
Hall is used to incorporating the outdoors into his classes. She was previously named the 2020 Agriculture Teacher of the Year statewide.
To learn more about the Green Star Teachers Recognition Program and to view information/photos of all recipients and their winning projects, visit https://askhrgreen.org/greenstarteachers/.