Jeannine May, Public Affairs Officer, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Jackson, Mississippi
Jeannine May, a former high school science teacher, has worked for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for 25 years. She works with K-12 and college students, blending the agency mission of “helping people help the land” with environmental education. She was trained at the first PLT facilitators’ workshop held in Mississippi in the 1980s. She has developed a water education program for Mississippi youth, as well as a popular mascot named Sam E. Soil. Using PLT, she has formed a team of resource specialists and educators to look at how environmental education can improve student learning in Mississippi, drawing on the experience of Oil City Elementary Magnet School in neighboring Louisiana. She facilitates PLT workshops and spreads the PLT message through her agency’s 82 offices throughout the state.
Jeannine was named National PLT Outstanding Educator Honoree in 2009.