PLT’s Leadership in Education Award

PLT’s new Leadership in Education Award is designed to recognize individuals and partners who have made significant contributions to support PLT programs and initiatives at the state-level. Join us in celebrating this year’s winners and honorees who represent our diverse network and all those who help sustain and grow PLT state programs.

Outstanding Educator
Shelley Flanary

Shelley Flanary is a park interpreter at Cossatot River State Park in Wickes, Arkansas. She relies on PLT resources to educate adults and children.

Outstanding Educator
Kathy Rusert

Kathy is a science and reading teacher in the Acorn School District, Arkansas, who uses the outdoors as a classroom to instruct her students.

Outstanding Educator
Jennifer Richardson

Jennifer Richardson teaches fifth grade science and social studies at Wooster Elementary School in Greenbrier, Arkansas, and coordinates school-wide environmental programs.

Outstanding Educator
Jay Schneider

Jay Schneider is a naturalist and interpreter at Lake Fort Smith State Park in Mountainburg, Arkansas, who helped incorporate PLT in all state park programming.

Outstanding Educator
Kathryn Roberts

Kathryn Roberts teaches science to grades 9-12 at Lakeside High School in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where she created the school’s first outdoor classroom.

Outstanding Educator
John Wainscott

John Wainscott, acting area manager and mid-rotation forester at Weyerhaeuser Company in Hot Springs, Arkansas, teaches about forestry through forest tours and classroom visits.