Gail Milligan, Sixth Grade English Language Arts/Literature Teacher, Adair County Elementary School, Columbia, Kentucky
Gail Milligan uses environmental education to meet her English language arts and literature curriculum requirements. She incorporates PLT’s multi-disciplinary activities in her classroom units, making full use of the extensive reading connections listed at the end of each activity. Ever since she was a child, Gail has loved being outside and, as a teacher, she wants her students to learn about and become lifelong caretakers of nature. Her classroom has recently been relocated to a new building surrounded by asphalt and other buildings, and her goal now is to create a natural area for her school with trees, a garden, and an outdoor classroom. Gail took her first PLT workshop in 1993; she became a PLT facilitator in 2004. She consistently promotes PLT to fellow educators and administrators in her school district and at conferences. Recently, she presented a session on using PLT to teach curriculum literature at the Kentucky Reading Conference.
Gail was named National PLT Outstanding Educator Honoree in 2007.