Florida Project Learning Tree named Antoinette Robinson, Bruner MS, 2013 Educator of the Year at Annual Professional Development Conference

Florida Project Learning Tree awarded Antoinette Robinson, Bruner Middle School, 2013 Educator of the Year at their annual professional development conference held in Palatka, Florida, on November 2 - 3, 2013.

Each year Project Learning Tree recognizes and awards one educator who has demonstrated outstanding dedication, support and service to the program.  The nonprofit environmental education program thrives on the time contributions and commitment of educators who volunteer their time to the Florida PLT program.  This year’s conference theme was “Meeting Florida’s Educator Needs: STEM, LEEF, and CORE” and Antoinette Robinson was awarded during the dinner banquet. 

Robinson has been teaching middle school science at her alma mater Bruner Middle School for 11 years.  She has a passion for inspiring students to connect and appreciate nature while teaching them to become good stewards to our environment and uses the Project Learning Tree curriculum to engage her students in hands-on, interactive activities that teach her students important concepts about science and the environment.

In addition to her work with Project Learning Tree, Robinson collaborates with professionals from the Florida Forest Service and the Okaloosa County Cooperative Extension.  She also partners with local wildlife biologist to teach her students bear safety and invites local beekeepers to teach about bee biology and the importance of honey bees to our environment.  When she is not teaching she is taking care of her three dogs, two guinea pigs and tending to her bee apiary.

Florida Project Learning Tree is an affiliate of the national environmental education program Project Learning Tree.  Florida Project Learning Tree is located within the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) in Gainesville, FL.  Florida PLT is one of 50 states that make up Project Learning Tree’s network of more than 500,000 educators.  PLT is a versatile, interdisciplinary, environmental education program with an award winning curriculum that engages students in both indoor and outdoor activities. 

To find out more about Florida Project Learning Tree and its affiliation with the national Project Learning Tree program as well as its relationship with the University of Florida’s SFRC visit http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/plt.

Pictured Above:  Bill Kleinhans, Antoinette Robinson, Maria Wilson and Robin Will present Robinson with the 2013 Educator of the Year Award at the PLT Conference.  Robinson teaches middle school science at Bruner Middle School and uses Project Learning Tree’s environmental education curriculum to combine her passion for connecting students with nature and teaching them top become good stewards to the environment.