Outstanding Educator
Amber Hodges

Amber Hodges is a project associate for the Virginia Cooperative Extension in Roanoke, Virginia, who provides programming to about 1,800 K–12 students per year.

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Six Steps for Successful Service Learning

A successful service-learning project is more than just volunteering—it involves students applying knowledge and skills to make a difference in their communities.

Outstanding Educator
Denise Trufan

Denise Trufan is a science lab facilitator for grades K-5 who launched a recycling program at Indian Land Elementary School, Indian Land, South Carolina.

Outstanding Educator
Deborah Todd

Deborah Todd, a fifth grade language arts and science teacher at Slate Hill Elementary School in Worthington, Ohio, also serves on the Ohio PLT Board.

Outstanding Educator
Pam Wilson

Pam Wilson is a K-8 substitute teacher and facilitator with the Oregon Natural Resources Program in Corvallis who introduces PLT to pre-service teachers.

Outstanding Educator
Elizabeth Burke

Elizabeth Burke is a parent volunteer and master naturalist in Fairfax County, Virginia, who uses PLT to train parents to be classroom docents.

Outstanding Educator
Jane Ulrich

Jane Ulrich teaches fourth grade at Sunny Hills Elementary School in Issaquah, Washington, where she led the creation of a school trail and garden.

Outstanding Educator
Rob Marohn

Rob Marohn teaches fifth grade science and language arts at Bay View Elementary School in Duluth, Minnesota, where he created an after-school forest club.