Jennifer Edwards, Science Teacher, Ronald Brown Academy, Detroit, Michigan
Jennifer Edwards is the lead science teacher at her elementary school. Since participating in a program to bring environmental education into urban settings in 2009, she has worked hard to create an atmosphere in which students are able to find some aspect of science they love. From Day 1 in the school year, her students are exposed to PLT lessons, and she seeks out opportunities to take her students on field trips where children learn about forest ecosystems, help remove invasive species, and explore green careers. She also works with other teachers at her school and throughout the district to help bring environmental education into more classrooms.
“She has a quiet leadership style, which allows her to connect with lots of people. She shares her information in a way that makes it accessible and not intimidating, and inspires others to get involved.”
– Alycia Merriweather, Executive Director, Office of Science Education, Detroit Public Schools, Michigan
Jennifer was named National PLT Outstanding Educator Honoree in 2015.