Award Winners – 2019

Congratulations to the 2019 Award Winners!

Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education (WAEE) Awards:

Aldo Leopold Award ● Susan Schuller Susan Schuller has dedicated her career to advancing environmental education in Wisconsin. She served on the WAEE board from 2011-14 and as chair in 2013. Through developing programs, serving in leadership roles, securing funding, advocating for equity, diversity, and inclusion, and stepping in wherever needed, Susan does what is needed for the common good.


Dave Engleson WAEE Award ● Natural Resources Foundation The Natural Resources Foundation has long been connecting people to Wisconsin’s treasured landscapes. They recently stepped in to fill a critical need for funding, including creating an environmental education endowment, expanding the Go Outside (G.O.) Fund, establishing an environmental education advisory council, and significantly increasing broad-base funding for school-based engagement.

Eco-justice Award ● Urban Ecology Center – Miguel Santos & Kirsten Maier The Urban Ecology Center has been working on eco-justice issues in urban Milwaukee since 1991. The work of the UEC is exemplified by employees Miguel Santos and Kirsten Maier. Miguel Santos is an outstanding bilingual environmental educator at the Urban Ecology Center whose creative thinking and cultural connectedness make him a role model for staff and community. Kirsten Maier helped shape an “Equity, Dignity and Justice” initiative, better positioning the UEC as an eco-justice organization in Milwaukee.


Administrator of the Year ● Brittany Hager Brittany Hager, Director of Northern Waters Environmental School in the Hayward Community School District, supports the teaching staff and students to explore their community’s natural resources, local culture, and economy, and history. Under her leadership, the school has grown from one classroom to occupying an entire district building serving students from middle to high school.


Formal Educator of the Year ● Sandy Benton Sandy Benton is a master formal educator who has been infusing environmental education into K-12 classrooms for over thirty years. As an instructional coach with the Wisconsin Green Schools Network, Sandy works side-by-side with classroom teachers across the state to make learning relevant and engage students in authentic learning experiences rooted in their place.


Non-formal Educator of the Year ● Matt Flower Matt Flower is a true ambassador for nature-based early childhood education, reaching early learners and their caregivers as he inspires their inner naturalists. He is the personification of passionate and well- rounded nature education and exploration. His enthusiasm, creativity and spirit have compelled his leadership in this field.


Student of the Year ● Rachel Loomis Rachel is a non-traditional student studying EE at UWSP. Rachel excels in the classroom, works hard to gain employment experiences, and contributes to the field through research and leadership in student organizations. Her hard work and enthusiasm are leaving her imprint on UWSP and all of Wisconsin.



Earth Guard ● Teens Grow Greens Teens Grow Greens participants that have been inspired by the work this organization brings. Their faces light up when they talk about the activities they are performing, how they are transforming their own communities, and how their own lives are transforming towards a positive green and environmentally friendly outlook.


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Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Awards:

Green Ribbon School Nominee ● Schlitz Audubon Nature Pre-School The Nature Preschool at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee and serves 144 three- and four-year-olds in half-day classes. Housed in a Gold LEED certified building, hiking, yoga, and mindfulness are daily practices. Children look for worms and insects under logs, experiment with mud and water, climb on fallen trees, ask questions, explore, engage, and develop connection with their community and to the land.


Wisconsin’s K-12 Energy Education (KEEP) Awards:

Energy Educator of the Year ● Aleisha Miller, City of River Falls Aleisha Miller provides the School District of River Falls the best possible science-based water and energy conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy education with support from the City of River Falls. Fondly known as the “Energy Lady,” Mrs. Miller’s hands-on programming positively impacts the elementary curriculum and culture of the region.


Energy Educator of the Year ● Scott Anderson, Juda High School Scott Anderson challenges Juda High School students to engage in real-world learning and take action. For 13 years, Mr. Anderson’s Math and Engineering classes have helped the District win multiple grants and implement various energy projects, helping the school work towards its 10% on-site green energy goal.



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