Teacher at Lynnwood’s Spruce Elementary wins environmental award

Jennie Warmouth

Jennie Warmouth of Spruce Elementary School in Lynnwood is one of three teachers honored as 2018 recipients of the Patsy Collins Award for Excellence in Education, Environment, and Community.

The other teachers recognized are Laura Tyler of South Shore PreK-8 in Seattle and Elizabeth Wing of Carnation Elementary.

“We are thrilled to recognize these three Puget Sound area teachers who are taking learning outside of the classroom and creating opportunities for their students to deepen their understanding of their environment and the impact they can have on their world and community,” said John Haskin, senior vice president of education at IslandWood.

Tyler, Warmouth, and Wing were selected for their innovative approaches that connect learning with students’ lives and communities to foster environmental awareness and stewardship behaviors. In honor of their commitment to creating learning experiences that make a difference for kids, their communities, and the planet, each of these three educators will receive a $10,000 cash prize.

Since 2004, Warmouth has been teaching her students to write online adoption advertisements for homeless dogs and cats awaiting adoption at the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Lynnwood. Her students have helped over 500 “difficult to place” dogs and cats find forever homes.

Warmouth inspires her students to use their emerging communication and critical thinking skills to tackle human-animal and environmental dilemmas that they witness in their own lives. Most recently, her second- and third-grade students advocated for the humane treatment of live butterflies used in their school district’s life sciences curricula. “They are motivated toward compassionate action and stewardship that extends beyond the four walls of our classroom,” she says.

A partnership between the Seattle Foundation and IslandWood, with funding from an anonymous donor at the Seattle Foundation, the annual Patsy Collins Award for Excellence in Education, Environment, and Community honors extraordinary teachers in Washington K-12 schools who extend learning beyond the classroom. Teachers can be nominated or apply for the award and are selected by a committee of IslandWood educators.

“We are proud to partner with Islandwood to recognize innovative teachers who inspire young people to connect to our environment and understand their role as good stewards. This is a wonderful way to honor the legacy of Patsy Collins, a generous philanthropist who believed deeply in conservation and setting aside open spaces for generations to come,” said Tony Mestres, President and CEO of Seattle Foundation.

This award was established to honor Patsy Collins, a philanthropist and civic leader who cared deeply about education and stewarding our environment and natural resources for generations to come. Learn more about Patsy Collins, a longtime contributor to Islandwood, and how she inspired this award at https://islandwood.org/patsycollins.


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