Chanda Cooper, Education Coordinator, Richmond Soil and Water Conservation District, Columbia, South Carolina
Chanda plans activities based on her research into the impact that outdoor, place-based education can have on students and teachers. She reaches audiences throughout the state, particularly in the South Carolina midlands, with PLT and other opportunities. She often works with farmers and other landowners on strategies to improve their property and the environment. She serves as a mentor for the Green Steps Schools program, making school visits and mentoring teachers on environmental projects. She is also current vice president of the state PLT steering committee and active in the Environmental Education Association of SC and other organizations.
“Much like the impact Chanda Cooper has had on my students, I am constantly revived and rejuvenated when I have the opportunity to share a space with her.”
Jennifer Strickland-Poole, Clinical Instructor, University of South Carolina
Chanda was named National PLT Outstanding Educator Honoree in 2017.