ConVal Educators Lauded at Annual Meeting

Jeannie Connolly (left) — Arts Integration Coordinator for the ConVal School District, and recipient of the 2014 Laurie Bryan Partnership Award — shows off her award with Harris Center Teacher/Naturalist Jenn Sutton.

The Harris Center recognized two extraordinary partners at our Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 19.

The 2014 Laurie Bryan Partnership Award — honoring former Harris Center Executive Director Laurie Bryan’s achievements in working with community partners — was awarded to Jeannie Connolly, the Arts Integration Coordinator for the ConVal School District. For years, Jeannie has worked with Harris Center naturalists to integrate arts into creative, kid-friendly natural science lessons for elementary school students. From worm boxes to paper mache animals, bird books to water cycle maps, field guides to murals, whatever the science topic, Jeannie can transform it into a work of art.

Carol Young, biology teacher and head of the science department at ConVal High School, was named as the Harris Center’s 2014 Educator of the Year. Carol has a long relationship with the Harris Center, and she most recently led the campaign to link every 9th and 10th grade ConVal science class to Harris Center-led studies of the local landscape. She is an insightful, strong teacher who creates lab and field experiences that encourage student curiosity, and we are proud to work with her as she skillfully guides students toward scientific literacy. Carol, we salute you!