Promoting Professional Development and Best Practice in EE
Roles at NAAEE:T3 Fellow
Amy Stubbs is an editor and photographer based in Toronto, Ontario. She is the editorial and marketing assistant at Green Teacher, a nonprofit magazine dedicated to helping environmental educators promote environmental awareness in young people aged 6 to 19. Amy has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from York University and an advanced diploma in Print and Broadcast Journalism from Humber College. She has written for the National Post and Culture Toronto. Amy writes her own blog, HappyHealthyHerbivore, as well as runs several additional social media accounts.
When Amy isn’t busy with the magazine, she is an avid photographer and yogi who loves taking both of her passions out into nature and sharing her experiences on social media. She is always looking for her next great adventure and loves to travel our beautiful Earth. When visiting a new location, Amy prefers to immerse herself in the local culture by wandering their streets and green spaces rather than hopping from one tourist destination to another. Even though her scholarly background is not in environmental science or education, she thrives on the constant challenges and learning involved in working in the field. In everything Amy does, she hopes to inspire others to lead a healthy, active, and conscious lifestyle.
Green Teacher is the only North American magazine focusing on environmental education for educators of youth in kindergarten through grade 12. In addition to a quarterly magazine, Green Teacher continues to host educational webinars and has an archive of 50 one-hour sessions covering a variety of environmental education topics. These webinars come from diverse and widespread educators that offer up their personal experience and expertise in the field of environmental education. Some recent topics include school food gardens, risky play, invasive species, eco-crafts, citizen science, and Envirothons. These free webinars have become an integral part of what makes a subscription to the magazine much more than four new issues a year, but rather a “professional development package”. Over the next several months, with the support of T3, Green Teacher will work with guest presenters to make their webinars more interactive and engaging. They hope this will allow more educators to use the sessions towards their continued education hours or credits. By increasing engagement, Green Teacher also hopes that the teachers who participate in the webinars will take more away from the sessions than ever before.
After being inspired by discussions at the T3 accelerator boot camp at Cornell University, Green Teacher has decided to launch a YouTube channel. They hope this channel will provide additional value to viewers, attract new audiences, increase content between quarterly issues, and provide opportunities for new collaborations. Similar to the webinars, experts in the field will create these videos, and may often be in conjunction with a recent article. However, unlike webinars, these will be quick videos, ideally four to eight minutes, to fit easily into packed schedules.