2010 Teacher Winner
School: West Manor Elementary School, Third-Grade
Project: Outdoor Classroom
With help from community stakeholders, Ms. Carter is moving teaching and learning beyond the four walls of the traditional classroom with an Outdoor Classroom that includes an edible garden, butterfly garden, pond and study area for West Manor Elementary students. The goal of West Manor’s Outdoor Classroom is to establish a sustainable, student-centered learning venue that supports state standards and enhances the science curriculum. Furthermore, by providing a natural setting for interdisciplinary, inquiry-based instruction, the Outdoor Classroom promotes physical health, social growth and environmental stewardship.