Currently Teaching: AP environmental science and aquatic science at New Braunfels High School, in New Braunfels ISD, Texas. Ms. Ortiz also serves on the APES Testing Development Committee and as an APES Reading Table Leader.
Eco-Audit Grant Recipient: Ms. Ortiz’s students were granted a total of $825.84 to implement two initiatives that will reduce energy consumption. Her students were involved in educating elementary students about how to reduce their carbon footprint around their campus, as well as installing timed power strip protectors to cut down on phantom energy use. These projects will save an estimated 11,114,272 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year, or $329,461 in energy costs.
Advice to EcoRise Teachers: “Ask for assistance with regard to any questions; EcoRise is quick to respond and very user-friendly.”
Favorite EcoRise Lesson: “My favorite sustainable lesson is the Energy Eco-Audit. I was worried about my students’ understanding about kilowatt usages. It was really not as difficult as I imagined. I appreciated the website comparing their usages to other examples to make it more realistic.”
Additional Information: Ms. Ortiz was awarded the Mirabeau B. Lamar Award of Excellence for the 2017-2018 school year. It is given to teachers who exemplify integrity, possess focus and determination, and have made a positive impact in public education.