June 02, 2020
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Jenni Judkins wins Maine teaching award

Community Author: Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition
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Cloe Chun, Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition | Contributed
Cloe Chun, Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition | Contributed

BELFAST — The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition’s Natural Literacy Educator Jenni Judkins has won the Philip Marcoux Award for her enduring contribution to educating students in  BBWC’s Natural Literacy program. She was nominated by two different teachers whose classes she has worked with this year.

 

The award is given by the Maine Science Teachers Association, and any teacher who is a member of MSTA can nominate. The Philip Marcoux Award recognizes a non-formal science education professional or partnership that makes continuous and enduring contributions to science education; demonstrates capacity for creating and implementing successful science education-related activities; shows creative approaches to improving student achievement in science; and makes a permanent contribution to MSTA by integrating with national initiatives, promoting the science education profession, or providing training and resources to other science education professionals.

 

Amy Hafford, grade 3 teacher at Searsport District Elementary said, “I nominated your program and Jenni for excellence in supporting NextGen standards and Common Core curriculum. Also for supporting learning in an outdoor environment extending the classroom and creating an engaging meaningful experience for all students. Having your organization support our school has been an amazing experience for our students at Searsport Elementary!”

 

The Natural Literacy program is supported by gifts from donors, and grants from New England Grassroots Environmental Fund, Ferguson Foundation, and Onion Foundation.

Congratulations, Jenni, on this well-deserved honor!

To watch Amy Hafford’s 3-minute video of Natural Literacy with her 3rd graders at Searsport District Elementary School:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zCwpyM-_GFoMoIVVcbdwZ26-gUJavGtt/view?usp=sharing.