Victoria Pasco, Science Lab Teacher, Catawba Trail Elementary School, Elgin, South Carolina
First trained in PLT in the 1980s, Victoria Pasco has used it with a variety of audiences, age groups, and settings. As a science lab teacher, she involves the 550 Catawba Trail elementary students in a hands-on, project-based environmental education curriculum that she created using PLT activities as springboards. She works with students to design, create, and maintain wildlife habitats, school gardens, and a nature trail. She uses these outdoor learning spaces on the school campus and also takes students on field trips to instill in children a love for the outdoors. She helps other educators see how PLT materials can be used in their classrooms to meet state academic standards, and she is a member of the South Carolina PLT Steering Committee.
“Victoria has created a program that not only inspires children, it engages the entire family….Catawba Trail Elementary School opened in August 2011 and it was immediately apparent that the Science Discovery Center would be the heart of the school.”
– Denise Barth, Principal, Catawba Trail Elementary School, Elgin, South Carolina
Victoria was named National PLT Outstanding Educator Honoree in 2015.