The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Jolie Hobbs of King Elementary School in Van Buren, Ark. with the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE).
She was honored today at a ceremony at the White House for teachers and students from across the nation for their work to promote environmental education and stewardship.
“Jolie Hobbs’ dedication to environmental education inspires students to promote sustainability in their school and their community,” said EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry. “She is making a difference in generations across Arkansas.”
Hobbs expanded her school’s sustainability efforts and increased community awareness on important environmental issues, such as recycling, sustainable food farming and watering practices. She also started the Green News Program, which integrates environmental education into the school’s weekly assembly. Her efforts provide a positive learning environment where children discover the world around them, connect with their community and have fun at the same time.
The annual PIAEE competitions recognize exceptional K-12 teachers employing innovative approaches to environmental education in their schools. These teachers creatively utilize their local ecosystems, environment, community and culture as a context for learning.