Throughout the 2021-2022 school year, Copper Mill Elementary teacher Sandra Saye participated in exclusive professional development opportunities within the Louisiana Coastal Fellowship Program. From October through May, Saye met every other week with other Louisiana Coastal Fellows, as well as with educators from across the country, to explore research-based educator frameworks focused on student-centered, place-based learning.
This professional learning further developed her expertise in utilizing Louisiana-specific phenomena and outdoor learning experiences to provide opportunities for students to experience authentic and culturally relevant sense-making. The success of this endeavor is to provide Louisiana schools and systems with strong tools and resources that promote scientific and environmental literacy and to grow a cohort of Teacher Leaders prepared to empower students to make authentic connections to their natural world.
Resources produced by Louisiana Coastal Fellows will be published by the Department during the 2022-2023 school year. The Department thanks Saye for her time and commitment to this fellowship and Louisiana students.
On Thursday, September 8, Saye was surprised during her class by several Louisiana Department of Education leaders: Sharon Necaise, Deputy Assistant Superintendent, Academic Content; Breigh Rhodes Director of Math, Science, and STEM; Molly Talbot and Tana Luther, both LDOE Science Specialists.
Also on hand were ZCSD Superintendent Scott Devillier, ZCSD Supervisor of Elementary Instruction and Programs Jennifer Marangos, ZCSD Communications Specialist Mandy Bradley, Copper Mill Elementary Principal Angie Cassard, and Copper Mill Elementary Assistant Principal Jess Patti.
Molly Talbot and Breigh Rhodes, two former Zachary Schools teachers, presented Saye with a beautiful award from the LDOE for her work with the Louisiana Coastal Fellowship Program.
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