Jan Hollmann Environmental Education Award

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 6:30 p.m.
Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, 975 Indian Landing Road, Millersville MD 21108

The Jan Hollmann Environmental Education Award, established in 1994, is given annually to a person(s) or organization in Anne Arundel County that has made a notable achievement in environmental education.

Join us to honor this year’s recipient, Melanie Parker, Coordinator of the Office of Environmental Literacy and Outdoor Education for Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Light refreshments will be served.

About the Award

The Jan Hollmann Environmental Education Award, established in 1994, is given annually to a person(s) or organization in Anne Arundel County that has made a notable achievement in environmental education. Past recipients include, among others, the Honorable Gerald Winegrad, (former Maryland State Senator - 1995), William ‘Billy’ Moulden (teacher and member of the Anne Arundel County Board of Appeals - 1998), Suzanne Kilby Etgen (teacher at Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center - 2011), and Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell (Superintendent, Anne Arundel County Public Schools – 2012). Michelle Weisgerber is an outstanding teacher at Broadneck High School which, because of her exemplary efforts, has recently been named a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

 

About the Recipient

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Melanie is passionate in ensuring that children of all age levels receive quality environmental experiences in Anne Arundel County. She currently serves as the Coordinator of Environmental Literacy and Outdoor Education for Anne Arundel County Public Schools, developing and implementing environmental literacy curriculum and programming to empower students of all ages through authentic hands on outdoor experiences with the environmental knowledge, skills and motivation to act and make responsible environmental decisions. 

Under Melanie's leadership, Anne Arundel County became nationally recognized as a USDE Green Ribbon School System in 2016. Melanie's passion for environmental issues is inspirational to all of the students she reaches through her work at Arlington Echo.

She is respected on a state level as a leader in environmental education.  Melanie has served on the board of the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education since the early 2000s.  She has served as president, president elect and past president and helped to make the annual MAEOE conference a success for many years.  She is also instrumental with the Green School program, empowering schools across the state to make a lasting and significant commitment to the environment.   She has worked internationally to advance the field of environmental literacy and keep current on topics in environmental education.

The Jan Hollmann Committee is thrilled to honor Melanie Parker as the 2019 Jan Hollmann Environmental Education Award Recipient.