Jane Ulrich, Fourth Grade Teacher, Sunny Hills Elementary School, Issaquah, Washington
Jane Ulrich is a leader in integrating PLT throughout her school district. She has been a member of the district environmental education committee since it began in 1998. In 1995, she co-chaired a committee that integrated PLT and Project WILD into curriculum frameworks. As a result, all fourth graders study local forest ecosystems, third graders study salmon, and second graders study habitat. At Sunny Hills, Jane planned and coordinated the creation of a trail and garden on the school grounds that are a source of pride for students and teachers alike. A unit she developed involving nature photography and haikus has transformed and enriched the lives of her students. She has taught other teachers how to use photography with their students and how to use PLT in a variety of ways.
Jane was named National PLT Outstanding Educator Honoree in 2009.