Mary Ann Settlemyre
Currently Teaching: STEAM and outdoor education at Centreville Elementary School in Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia. Ms. Settlemyre is in charge of environmental efforts at her school and serves as a teaching instructor for her county to assist other schools with “going green.”
Eco-Audit Grant Recipient: Ms. Settlemyre’s students received $2,160 to reduce their school’s waste by 10% and to increase recycling by 10% over a 12-month period. They created strategies to increase recycling by purchasing double-stream recycling containers for the cafeteria and by appointing recycling monitors to ensure each classroom has a recycling bin and that there is no trash in it. Through these solutions, they will divert an estimated 6,000 pounds of waste per year!
Advice to EcoRise Teachers: “Think big, start small!”
Additional Information: Ms. Settlemyre was awarded the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators in 2017. This award is granted by the Environmental Protection Agency to outstanding teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for classroom learning.