SDCOE 568 Member Katie Andersen is an Outdoor Education Specialist at Cuyamaca Outdoor School. She was recently awarded Environmental Educator of the Year by The Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (AEOE).
The Environmental Educator of the Year Award is awarded to one representative from the Northern and Southern California areas annually. This award is given to someone who is still currently teaching in the field and loving it, someone who has contributed to the success of Environmental Education in the state, and leads by example within the field.
Katie was nominated multiple times by coworkers and supervisors at Cuyamaca Outdoor School, where she has worked for 16 years.
Katie started as a Girl Scout camp counselor, received her teaching credential, taught in the classroom for a year then was selected as an Outdoor Education Specialist for Cuyamaca in 2003 where she has served ever since. When Katie is not at work, she volunteers for the Girl Scouts, the California School Employees Association and AEOE.
During her time at Cuyamaca, Katie has made many valuable contributions towards improving the program. She has volunteered for countless projects and committees, applying her skills in lesson planning, curriculum development, writing complex schedules, and more. Her colleagues tell us that Katie’s number one goal as a professional is to protect the environment by educating young people about their role in the environment and also providing them tremendous agency as changemakers and citizen scientists. She brings a love and respect for science and nature to every student she teaches - and her enthusiasm for citizen science and its promise to save the environment is both admirable and contagious.