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Black Gold teacher co-winner of Earth Steward Teaching Award

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Black Gold teacher co-winner of Earth Steward Teaching Award

We’re excited to share some good news! Ecole Champs Vallee School science teacher Amanda Green (pictured left) and Julie Arsenault, her counterpart at Michael Stembitsky School in Edmonton, were recently chosen as the recipients of Learning for a Sustainable Future’s (LSF) 2021 Earth Steward Teaching Awards in recognition for their outstanding contributions to sustainability education in Alberta.

LSF is a Canadian charity that has been working for over 30 years to integrate sustainability education into Canada’s school system. Their Earth Steward Teaching Awards recognize one elementary and one secondary teacher for their outstanding contributions to sustainability education in Ontario and Alberta. The winners receive a $1,000 personal prize, as well as a $1,000 grant to support a sustainability action project in their school.

Amanda and Julie have demonstrated exceptional leadership, and have taken on creative, innovative STEM projects to advance sustainability learning and science education. Initiatives like Net Zero Living – Space Colony Style, Bringing The “Green” into Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and Energy Efficient Space Gardens are inspiring their students and fellow teachers, and empowering all to become responsible global citizens and sustainability leaders.

Amanda and Julie utilize their student’s love for space, to inspire them to develop solutions to survive with limited resources in hostile environments, which may ultimately will help life here on Earth. The teachers know their students are often faced with “climate anxiety,” and they want the children to be part of developing a sustainable future for all.

“On behalf of the Black Gold family, I want to congratulate Amanda and Julie on their awards,” said Superintendent of Schools Bill Romanchuk. “This recognition is a testament to your hard work, innovation and dedication to your students, and is well deserved!”

Last year, despite a pandemic and students learning from home, Amanda was able to share her spark for space with her Black Gold School District Distance Learning students.

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