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Carroll County Teachers Participate In Institute For Environmental Education

Tiffany Head

(Carrollton, Ga. – June 18, 2015) T​he 2015 Oxford Institute for Environmental Education (OIEE) recently concluded at Oxhouse Science Center, the science field station of Oxford College. Teachers from across Georgia wrapped up an intensive week of professional development. Founded in 1992, OIEE provides an opportunity for teachers in grades K-12 to collaborate with college biology faculty, gaining new science teaching methods and investigative techniques.

Tiffany Head (pictured), a teacher at Roopville Elementary
School, and Angelique Kauffman, a teacher at Villa Rica
Elementary School, were two of those selected to participate.
Seventeen teachers from across Georgia participated.
Teachers learned the basic principles of ecology in terrestrial
and aquatic ecosystems, methods for applying this
knowledge to lesson plans and ways to develop their own schoolyards for environmental education. At a follow-up meeting in the fall, teachers will share their experiences in implementing what they learned this summer and discuss their continuing projects.

OIEE is led by Steve Baker, professor of biology and Eloise Carter, professor of biology. Master teacher for the institute is Sherry Abts, an award-winning science specialist now retired from Gwinnett County (Georgia) Public Schools.

Sponsors and grantors for OIEE include the Chevron Foundation, Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia, Georgia Power Foundation, Georgia Wildlife Federation, and Wal-Mart. The institute has been awarded the Certificate of Environmental Achievement Award from the National Awards Council for Environmental Sustainability and named Conservation Educator of the Year Award by the Georgia Wildlife Federation. More information can be found on the website, w​ww.oxford.emory.edu/oiee.​

Carroll County Schools Press Release

Tracy Harris

Release Date June 18th


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Six-time STAR teacher, Alice taught Advanced Placement English, literature, composition, speech and theater for over twenty years, part of which time she also served as Director of Admissions, Development, Public Relations, and Alumni at Oak Mountain Academy. She is the managing partner of Ridley-Teal Properties and content editor for the City Menus. She is a board member of the Carroll Symphony Orchestra and enjoys playing flute with the Carroll Community Wind Ensemble.