Kelly Gallo, Environmental Education Specialist, Soldier Hollow Charter School, Midway, Utah
Kelly Gallo created a Green Council composed of students and parent volunteers that oversees the school’s recycling program and sponsors other environmental activities. She also received a PLT GreenWorks! grant to support students in the creation of a butterfly garden, and began a watershed festival that has turned into a community event. She also advises the school’s award-winning Envirothon teams. Previously a classroom teacher, Kelly now organizes citizen science projects and other activities for students in grades K-8, often using PLT resources. She also has developed resource documents for other charter schools in the state about how to integrate environmental education and place-based education into existing curricula.
“Kelly’s unique teaching style helps students understand that they can solve complex environmental issues through the use of sound scientific principles as well as proper management.”
– Lonny Reed, Former Board President, Soldier Hollow Charter School, Midway, Utah
Kelly was named National PLT Outstanding Educator Honoree in 2014.