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PEI’s 2023 FieldSTEM Celebration: Friday, October 6, 2023

Each year at our annual FieldSTEM Celebration, PEI recognizes individuals and organizations that exemplify our vision of promoting scientific literacy and civic engagement by empowering people to make balanced, well-informed decisions for just and sustainable communities. We work with many individuals from key areas: educators, community partners, schools, school districts, elected officials, workforce professionals, natural resource employers, academic experts and education policy makers. 
In 2023, we recognized some amazing individuals and organizations who have supported our FieldSTEM work in this last year and beyond:
  • Teacher of the YearJordan Duncan, Orin Smith Elementary, Chehalis SD
  • School of the YearSouth Whidbey Elementary, South Whidbey SD
  • District of the YearCascade School District
  • Community Partner of the YearMountains to Sound Greenway Trust
  • Legislators of the Year
    • Senator Shelly Short, District 7 
    • Representative Kristine Reeves, District 30
  • FieldSTEM ChampionNancy Skerritt, PEI Faculty and Consultant

2023

Cascade School District

District of the Year

 

South Whidbey Elementary School

School of the Year


Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

Community Collaborator of the Year

 

Jordan Duncan

Teacher of the Year

2022

Dale Sweet

Teacher of the Year

 

Riverview School District

District of the Year

Katie Kosanke, Urban Forester, City of Spokane

Community Collaborator of the Year

 

Waskowitz Environmental Leadership and Service (WELS)

School of the Year

Rep. Alicia Rule (District 42)

Legislator of the Year

 

Rep. Alex Ybarra (District 13)

Legislator of the Year

Lynne Ferguson (PEI Executive Director, 2003-2010)

Champion of the Year

 

 

2021

Katie Standlea

Teacher of the Year

 

Thorp School District

District of the Year

Rayonier

Community Collaborator of the Year

 

On Track Academy

School of the Year

Senator Judy Warnick

Legislator of the Year

 

Rep. Sharon Shewmake

Legislator of the Year

Dr. Ellen Ebert, OSPI

Champion of the Year

 

 

2020

Due to the pandemic, the 2020 celebration was canceled, so those award winners were also recognized at the 2021 FieldSTEM Celebration.

John Hunter

Teacher of the Year

 

Puyallup School District

District of the Year

Capitol Land Trust

Community Collaborator of the Year

 

Valley

School of the Year

Rep. Jesse Johnson

Legislator of the Year

 

Rep. Mike Steele

Legislator of the Year

Partner with PEI

We build community connections between schools, local organizations, agencies and the natural resources industries of our state. These connections give students a chance to build a sense of place, explore local career opportunities and develop the critical thinking skills needed for our next generation of decision-makers who will consider ecosystems, community and economic tradeoffs.

We also empower teachers to embed career connected learning into their classroom units and create opportunities for students to engage in field-based science and engineering. When community partners work with PEI and teachers, they help create awareness of promising jobs in the community and clarify the types of skills a student needs to be hired. Career connected learning helps students plan for a successful future and it helps local businesses look forward to a skilled and inspired workforce. A win-win for communities!

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If you would like to talk with us about collaborating to bring locally relevant, career connected, outdoor STEM learning in your region, please contact us.

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