Toronto Teacher Nancy Gillis Wins NAAEE Award: K–12 Educator of the Year Award


Toronto Teacher Nancy Gillis Receives NAAEE's K-12 Educator of the Year Award at the 2015 NAAEE Annual Conference in San Diego, CA.



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TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, October 18, 2015 — Nancy Gillis, a teacher in the Toronto, Canada School District (, was recently recognized by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), a leader in environmental education, as the recipient of one of NAAEE’s hallmark annual awards recognizing leadership in the field. At a special awards reception during NAAEE’s 44th Annual Conference in San Diego, Gillis received The K-12 Educator of the Year Award for her efforts in promoting environmental education and utilizing the environment as a context for learning in her teaching.

Recently, Gillis also was named one of Canada’s three Energy Educators of the Year in the national Classroom Energy Diet initiative aimed toward enhancing energy awareness among Canadian students.

“For more than four decades, NAAEE has promoted excellence and impact in environmental education thanks to the tireless efforts of our members, supporters, and affiliate organizations,” said Judy Braus, Executive Director. “Our award winners represent bright spots across North America that show progress in our field across multiple disciplines and approaches, from teaching and community engagement to research and environmental justice.” 

This year, 11 award recipients — an impressive slate of individuals and organizations from North America —were selected across 11 categories. For more information about the 2015 NAAEE Awards including eligibility requirements and a full list of winners, visit