Center for Inquiry School 84 teacher Dawn Hammon was recently named one of Project Learning Tree’s Outstanding Educators. Hammon was one of only five to receive this national honor.

Hammon uses Project Learning Tree to teach students about nature and to develop a love of the outdoors. Her students have started school gardens and composting projects, and even planted native vegetation to contain surface runoff from a parking lot. She has launched a junior naturalist club and continues to develop after-school programs to involve parents in learning about the environment with their children.

“I enjoy sharing my love of the outdoors with children and learning from them as they explore the environment,” Hammon said. “It is so important for children to learn about the environment and how to care for it in the future.”

Hammon will be honored at Project Learning Tree’s 29th International Coordinators’ Conference, to be held June 8–11 in Saratoga Springs, New York.

“We are incredibly happy for Mrs. Hammon on this well-deserved national recognition,” Center for Inquiry School 84 Principal Chris Collier said. “She is a long-time IPS educator who has inspired hundreds of students to be environmentally aware and to think about how they can care for and nurture our world.”

We’re proud of Hammon for earning this national award, and for what she does every day to help Indianapolis Public Schools students go green!