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Leadville Teacher, Students Honored at White House
If you know teacher Mona Cloys, then you know how important she is to Leadville students. So it is with great honor to report that this wonderful teacher was nationally recognized for developing a curriculum based on citizen science and environmental issues requiring students to investigate real data and, in-turn, build critical thinking skills.
This month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the White House Council on Environmental Quality, recognized 18 teachers and 63 students from across the country for their outstanding contributions to environmental education and stewardship. These 2015 winners and honorable mentions for the annual President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) and 2015/2016 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE) were honored for their work at a ceremony today at the White House on August 16.
In addition to Cloys’ recognition, the Lake County School’s Styrofoam Stoppers team was also recognized for eliminating the use of polystyrene in their school cafeteria after learning about its negative environmental and health consequences. The team is made up of the following Leadville students: Nicole Caves, Hunter Dee, Violet Hill and Clara Kirr. The event which was held at The White House, included remarks from Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator; Dr. John Holdren, President Obama’s Chief Senior Advisor; and John King, Secretary of Education.
“These teacher and student winners are exemplary leaders, committed to strong environmental conservation and tackling problems including landfill waste and climate change head on,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Environmental education cultivates our next generation of leaders by teaching them how to apply skills in creativity and innovation. I have no doubt that teachers and students like these will someday solve some of our most complex and important issues.”