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Center for Environment Staffer Recognized for Professional Development

04/20/10 by Staff Writer

Amanda Lanier

Amanda Lanier, program coordinator for the Center for the Environment at Catawba College, was one of 185 educators honored April 16 by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Durham. All have completed a comprehensive certification program designed to enhance science-based environmental education in the state.

The certification program, under the auspices of the N.C. Office of Environmental Education, recognizes professional development in environmental education and commitment to environmental stewardship. Individuals must complete 200 hours of professional development to be certified. They must also engage in specified instructional workshops and outdoor experiences, demonstrate a knowledge of environmental education resources and facilities, and complete teaching requirements and a community action partnership project.

“We are very pleased that Amanda has received this recognition,” says John Wear, the Center’s executive director. “She has worked hard to meet all the specifications for state certification and serves as an excellent environmental educator in our program. It is a well deserved honor.”

Renowned author and environmental educator David Sobel spoke at the ceremony. His books include Place-Based Education, Beyond Ecophobia and Childhood and Nature.

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