On Wednesday, May 17th, Texas Governor Greg Abbott congratulated Fulton 4-5 Learning Center science teacher Martha McLeod at the state capitol for receiving the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's (TCEQ) Environmental Excellence Award in the individual category. This is the highest environmental award given to an individual by the state of Texas.
Under the Waste Reduction Policy Act of 1991, the TCEQ initiated the Texas Environmental Excellence Awards (TEEA) in 1993. Presented every spring, the awards are given in up to 9 diverse categories across the public and private sectors. By honoring these winners, the TCEQ hopes to encourage other citizens to initiate like-minded projects and reinforce a spirit of environmental stewardship.
Governor Abbott said “Martha McLeod has made a lasting and important impact on her students, her school, as well as her community. Through hands-on learning, Martha has instilled in her students a love of nature and the importance of giving back to their community. Martha's authentic passion inspires the exceptional young Texans she teaches.” (Governor Abbott's speech can be found at: http://www.teea.org/category/2017-winners/)
The TCEQ held an awards banquet for the TEEA winners on the evening of May 17th at the Austin Convention Center. During the banquet, McLeod was surprised on stage with a $2,500 check from the Director of Waste Management (Texas/Oklahoma Area) for continuing the many environmental outreach programs she conducts.
One of McLeod's environmental outreach programs is her youth birding program which is conducted in conjunction with mentors from the Aransas Bird & Nature Club. This program was a 1st runner-up finalist in the “youth” division of the TEEA this year.
To view McLeod's biography and a short video of her programs and students, please go to: http://www.teea.org/martha-mcleod/
We at ACISD are very proud of Mrs. McLeod! Please congratulate her when you see her out and about!
Congratulations Mrs. McLeod!