Project Learning Tree applauds all educators, facilitators, and partners whose efforts make our program successful. Each year, Florida PLT recognizes a Facilitator, Educator, and Partner of the Year for their outstanding contributions to the program.
In 2018, The Bill Kleinhans Spirit of Florida PLT award was initiated and is awarded to an individual, group, or organization that exemplifies the essence of Florida PLT, furthering the mission and goals of the program.
National PLT also awards a Leadership in Education Award annually to recognize those who make significant contributions to advance PLT programs and initiatives at the state or regional level.
Congratulations to the 2021 Florida PLT Award Recipients!
Congratulations to Marney Richards, Education Coordinator, Florida Wildlife Federation, 2021 Florida PLT Facilitator of the Year and Tina Fleming, Pre-Kindergarten teacher at Wakulla Education Center, 2021 Florida PLT Educator of the Year.
Marney Richards, 2021 Florida PLT Facilitator of the Year
Marney became a FL PLT facilitator in November 2019 and jumped right into her role, assisting with a multi-day in-person educator professional development training at Hartsfield Elementary School in Tallahassee in December 2019, and in 2020, when COVID-19 forced a shift to virtual delivery, Marney did not hesitate to offer assistance. She devoted significant time to creatively and thoughtfully adapting PLT activities for virtual delivery to meet time constraints and to ensure the most engaging and meaningful experience for educators.
In 2020-2021, Marney helped with 8 virtual professional development trainings, and in total, she has co-facilitated 13 professional development trainings in less than 2 years of being a FL PLT facilitator.
Tina Fleming, 2021 Florida PLT Educator of the Year
Tina Fleming regularly incorporates PLT activities into lessons, providing young children with opportunities to engage in outdoor play and exploration. Tina is the coordinator of the Florida PLT School Program at Wakulla Education Center and received a Florida PLT 2020-21 Mini Grant. Despite COVID-19 constraints, she was able to carry out her project, enhancing, expanding, and improving the garden(s) while providing PLT outdoor learning experiences for students.