San juan Island
2014 Stewardship Award Winner – Educator Stewardship Category
Debbie teaches math and science to 6th grade students at Friday Harbor Elementary School. Through the use of multi-media technology, dynamic learning experiences and connection with local partners such as the University ofWashington Friday Harbor Labs Science Outreach program, she motivates her students to develop expertise that will encourage creative thinking while becoming responsible and respectful global citizens.
Her passion for promoting project-based learning to encourage peer-to-peer instruction and support offers her students exceptional opportunities, such as her role in bringing the district and state Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) model to her classroom. This three-year project recently concluded with the Outdoor Lab STEM Research Garden breaking ground ceremony after students spent three weeks going from sod to garden.
“Kindergartners were working with sixth graders, working sweaty hard to get their garden in,” said Debbie. “This was the best three weeks of my career, and I have had an amazing career in education.” She praised the San Juans as an excellent place to nurture young people into becoming stewards of their community and beyond. “I am fortunate to live in this precious piece of paradise where one can open the doors of opportunity for others to walk through-which they do eagerly because our community of both young and old care about each other and their environment.”