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2018 Patsy Collins Award Recipients

Three teachers recognized for excellence in education, environment and community stewardship


November 08, 2018

Teachers Laura Tyler of South Shore PreK-8 in Seattle, Jennie Warmouth of Spruce Elementary School in Lynnwood, and Elizabeth Wing of Carnation Elementary, are the 2018 recipients of the Patsy Collins Award for Excellence in Education, Environment, and Community.

The three educators were selected for their innovative approaches that connect learning with students’ lives and communities to foster environmental awareness and stewardship. In honor of their commitment to creating learning experiences that make a difference for kids, their communities and the planet, each teacher is receiving a $10,000 prize.

A partnership between the Seattle Foundation and IslandWood, with funding from an anonymous donor at the Seattle Foundation, the annual Patsy Collins Award honors extraordinary teachers in Washington K-12 schools who extend learning beyond the classroom. Teachers can be nominated or apply for the award and are selected by a committee of IslandWood educators.

“We are proud to partner with Islandwood to recognize innovative teachers who inspire young people to connect to our environment and understand their role as good stewards. This is a wonderful way to honor the legacy of Patsy Collins, a generous philanthropist who believed deeply in conservation and setting aside open spaces for generations to come,” said Tony Mestres, President and CEO of Seattle Foundation.

This award was established to honor Patsy Collins, a philanthropist, civic leader and longtime contributor to IslandWood, which provides experiential learning programs for Puget Sound area schools that inspires understanding and stewardship of our planet.

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