Krissy Varness, Sixth Grade Math and Science Teacher, DePoali Middle School, Reno, Nevada
Every few weeks, Krissy Varness poses an environmental problem to her students and asks them to debate possible solutions to the issue, making the issues come alive for her students. As a teacher in a new “green” school building, Krissy has taken the lead in introducing students to the environment-related features on campus. She co-sponsors the school’s Green Club and has incorporated PLT’s Energy & Society into her curriculum. At a previous school where Krissy taught seventh grade, she brought her students outdoors to learn math concepts. She has been instrumental in supporting the growth of PLT in Nevada. She is a member of the Advisory Board and the 2009 Standards Correlation Committee. Since Krissy was introduced to PLT in 2009, much of Nevada PLT’s rejuvenated growth is thanks to her advocacy and energy.
Krissy was named National PLT Outstanding Educator Honoree in 2010.