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Maine DOE’s Science & Tech Specialist Receives Audubon Award
Anita Bernhardt is named 2009 educator of the year for contributions to environmental education
July 9, 2009
AUGUSTA – The Maine Audubon Society recently named the Maine Department of Education’s science and technology specialist the 2009 Maine Audubon Educator of the year. Anita Bernhardt was one of seven people and one law firm awarded by Audubon at its annual meeting in Falmouth in June.
In awarding Bernhardt, Audubon cited Bernhardt’s efforts to link educators, school administrators, higher education faculty, informal educators, professional organizations, research organizations, and business partners within the Maine science and technology community.
“Anita is passionate about helping Maine educators draw on the energy and wisdom of these individuals to gain access to the diverse educational resources and expertise available in Maine,” said Kara Wooldrik, Maine Audubon education director. “Her work strongly supports Maine Audubon’s goals as a statewide leader of environmental education, because more Maine educators are learning what environmental education really is, how it can be integrated within science education, and where funding may be available to make that happen.”
Bernhardt also is dedicated to raising public awareness of how important it is to provide Maine students with science and technology education that will prepare them for post-secondary education and career opportunities.
“Maine Audubon environmental educators are inspired by Anita’s energy and enthusiasm,” Wooldrik said. “We also appreciate that she is a champion for building awareness and use of the best educational practices. Anita wants to make sure Maine students really learn.”
In addition to Bernhardt, other recipients were: Distinguished Contribution Award recipient Richardson, Whitman, Large & Badger, based in Portland; Wildlife Conservation Award recipient Charlie Todd, of Orrington, wildlife biologist at Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; and Volunteer(s) of the Year: Richard "Andy" Anderson, Hampden; Gladys Ewing, Orrington; Joyce Rumery, Old Town; Bryce Smith, Dedham; and Jim and Kathy Zeman, Bucksport. - 30 -
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