Daniel Edmiston, Fifth Grade Science Teacher, E.A. Harrold Elementary School, Millington, Tennessee
Through the “E Club” (Environmental Club), Daniel Edmiston involves his students in creating and maintaining outdoor classrooms and landscaping the school campus. Last year, his students gave each teacher a butterfly chrysalis harvested from the school gardens so that each class could witness a butterfly emerge. Dan has been a consultant for outdoor classrooms at nine different schools in Shelby County. At his own school, E.A. Harrold Elementary, Dan also organizes a science fair, a family science night, and an Earth Day Celebration at which over 40 natural resource professionals and conservationists are invited to share their craft with the whole school. All the teachers now utilize the outdoor classrooms as a result of Dan’s introduction to environmental education. Dan was first trained in PLT in 1996 and received further training in 2006 when he attended a week-long Teacher Conservation Workshop.
Dan was named National PLT Outstanding Educator Honoree in 2008.