This year, the Harris Center for Conservation Education has chosen two third grade teachers from Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Keene — Andrea Dube and Gail Woolridge — as the recipients of the 2012 Educator of the Year award. Andrea and Gail were formally honored at the Harris Center Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 21, where they were lauded as exemplary collaborators by Harris Center Teacher/Naturalist Polly Pattison.
For the past three years, as part of their Birds Across the Seasons curriculum, these teachers have brought the experience of wild bird banding to their students and to parents in the Keene community. Because of their enthusiastic support for this curriculum, Franklin School students have learned firsthand about worldwide efforts to monitor bird populations and, in the process, have experienced the wonder of interacting with wildlife on their own school grounds. Congratulations, Andrea & Gail!