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2018 Patsy Collins Award for Teachers

Nominate teachers who elevate the environment and community in their classrooms


May 11, 2018

“Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.”

-Sidney Hook, philosopher


Established in memory of Patsy Bullitt Collins by an anonymous donor at Seattle Foundation, the Patsy Collins Award for Excellence in Education, Environment, and Community honors extraordinary teachers in Washington K-12 schools with a $10,000 award to three teachers or teaching teams. The funds can be used at the full discretion of the recipients.

Philanthropist Patsy Collins cared deeply about the arts, the environment and social justice, and she made it a priority to give back to the city and to the causes she loved. One organization that was very dear to Patsy’s heart was IslandWood, a 255-acre outdoor learning center connecting Puget Sound area 4th and 5th graders to nature - both at IslandWood’s campus on Bainbridge Island and in the schools, parks, and neighborhoods where they live and play.

IslandWood exemplifies what Patsy believed in, and in turn the Patsy Collins Award honors teachers who exemplify Islandwood’s teaching methodology – an integrated approach to scientific learning, self-awareness and environmental and community stewardship.

In the spirit of Patsy Collins, the Award will go to teachers who create learning experiences that make a difference for youth and their community. We are currently seeking nominations for educators who extend learning beyond the classroom, inspiring their students through projects related to environmental and community stewardship. Candidates must be a Washington state K-12 classroom teacher in a public or private school. Teams are encouraged to apply and nominees should:

  • Demonstrate commitment to engage students in learning experiences using the classroom, schoolyard and surrounding community;
  • Engage students in project-based experiences that motivate and inspire increased environmental awareness and/or stewardship behaviors;
  • Serve as a respected resource to colleagues and community leaders;
  • Be committed to professional development.

There is so much great work being done by teachers, and few opportunities to recognize them for their contributions. If you are an educator who embodies the spirit of Patsy Collins, please complete the Patsy Collins Application (registration required).

If you would like to nominate a candidate, please email Scholarships@seattlefoundation.org with their name, email address and a brief description of why you are nominating them. Applications accepted through June 1, 2018.

For more information, see last year's winners.

 

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