Formal Educator of the Year - Gary Bergstrom
Gary Bergstrom is a 4th grade teacher and leader of the Bloomer Elementary School’s Outdoor Learning Center. The outdoor classroom works to build bridges spanning between child and nature, the elderly and the young,, and book smarts and earth smarts. Gary expanded the Center’s garden project to involve students of all ages in the district. Change Dinner. Change the World.
NonFormal Educator of the Year - Cindy Damrow
Cindy is D.C. Everest’s School Forest Director. She has lead the district in the development of an exciting and engaging environmental education program for the thousands of children in our district. She has obtained grants worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, secured resources and has provided an ongoing vision to teach children about the environment, sustainability, and how to be environmental stewards.
Administrator of the Year - Dirk Hunter
Dirk is the Principal of Summit Environmental Elementary School in Onalaska. Dirk mobilized stakeholders, invigorated and trained his teachers and support staff, and ignited a passion in students and families around environmental education. The school’s EE focus has provided a catalyst for engagement, academic achievement, and an unmistakable feeling of belonging for the students.
Student of the Year - Emily Weaver
Emily Weaver is a former student at the Fox River Academy in Appleton where she was the field team leader for 2 years on the Ravine Team a student led restoration group. Emily leads by example, doing more than what she asks of teammates and never less than her best. The first one to get working, and the last one to quit, Emily lives by the motto “Good conservation takes your head, your heart and your hands.”