CEE-Change Fellowship 2023


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CEE-Change Fellowship: Building Leadership in Civics and Environmental Education (CEE)

ee360+ and the Cedar Tree Foundation are excited to announce the 2023 CEE-Change Fellows—an inspiring cohort of educators committed to scaling up our impact as we work to create a more equitable and sustainable future.


2023 CEE-Change Fellowship Leadership Clinic

Meet the 2023 CEE-Change Fellows!

Join NAAEE in congratulating the new class of CEE-Change Fellows, thirty educators and community leaders who are working around the world to address today’s complex environmental and social concerns at local, regional, and national levels.

NAAEE's latest initiative to support leadership and innovation in civics and environmental education across the country, CEE stands for Civics and Environmental Education. NAAEE recognizes the value in bringing together environmental and civic engagement educators to learn from each other and collaborate to scale up our impact as we work to create a more equitable and sustainable future. The 2023 Fellowship program will include a special focus on climate change and education.

The twelve-month fellowship will provide opportunities to learn, network, and share through online professional development, technical assistance, and face-to-face training. The fellowship will also build a strong foundation for continued professional growth after the program ends. The twelve-month fellowship will take place July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024. Fellows will have the option to extend an additional six months (through December 2024), and will receive continued professional development, networking support, and scholarship funds to attend the annual NAAEE Conference virtually in 2023 and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2024.

CEE-Change, Together

In this blog series, the CEE-Change Fellows share how they implement their community action projects and work to strengthen environmental education and civic engagement capabilities, all supporting the mission of cleaner air, land, and water. Read about their journeys >

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The CEE-Change Fellowship Program is supported by generous funding from the Cedar Tree Foundation and ee360+, an ambitious multi-year initiative that supports a diverse cadre of environmental education leaders to increase environmental literacy for everyone, everywhere. NAAEE leads the initiative through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. EPA and partner organizations.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a federal agency that has been protecting human health and the environment for over 50 years. For over 30 years, EPA has supported environmental education (EE) and training for teachers and other education professionals through the National Environmental Education and Training Program (NEETP), created by The National Environmental Education Act of 1990. The purpose of this program is to provide EE training and long-term support to formal and nonformal education professionals across the United States, bolstering their ability to effectively teach about environmental issues. The NEETP is managed by EPA’s Office of Environmental Education (OEE). Learn more about current projects managed by OEE >  

Meet the 2023 CEE-Change Fellows

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Harrison Ashangwa (he/him)

Executive Director, International Student Environmental Coalition

Harrison is an environmental engineer, sustainability and climate leader, empowering and equipping young people with the tools, skills, support, and mentorship to be at the forefront of climate action and drivers of change in their respective communities, working towards a sustainable and just future of our planet.

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Vanessa Barela (she/her)

Outdoor Learning Specialist, Environmental Education New Mexico (EENM)

Vanessa is an outdoor educator who works to promote equity for students by providing high-quality outdoor educational experiences. 

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Hannah Barg (they/them)

Youth Climate Program Manager, The Wild Center

Hannah helps youth and adults take climate action together by building intergenerational partnerships for change. 

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Margaret (Maggie) Beetstra (she/her)

Senior Climate and Education Researcher, The Nurture Nature Center

Maggie is a social science researcher and educator engaging with communities about climate resilience and weather events to increase preparedness to natural hazards.

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Bridget Booth (she/her)

8th Grade Science Teacher and Outdoor Classroom Coordinator, MAEOE Board Member and Past President, Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE)

Bridget is a middle school science teacher and certified environmental educator working towards integrating outdoor and climate education into public education curriculum through student-driven action and advocacy.

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Kim Botelho (she/her)

Education Director, Westport River Watershed Alliance

Kim is a lifelong environmental educator with nearly 30 years of experience connecting people of all ages to the outdoors through art, gardening, adventure, and STEM programming.

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Heather DeLagran (she/her)

Education Producer, National Film Board of Canada and the Ocean Frontier Institute at Dalhousie University

Heather creates engaging and informative media and citizen science projects to empower teachers and students to take action for the ocean!

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Gloria Desanker (she/her)

Principal Consultant, Map Nerd Consulting

Gloria is passionate about sharing the power of GIS, data, and maps to tell stories that matter.

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Jaeydah Edwards (she/her)

Citizen Science Program Director, Groundwork Ohio River Valley

Jaeydah empowers Cincinnati residents to get involved in citizen science projects, teaching them about environmental issues and how they can become advocates for their communities.

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Jeff Geist (he/him)

Manager of Community & Professional Education, Duke Farms

Jeff is an environmental educator who empowers professionals and practitioners to make changes in their work through hands-on, experiential, place-based learning. 

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Danielle Hefferan (she/her)

Regional MN Education Coordinator, Climate Generation

Danielle is a naturalist, educator, and community member who strives to bring people together to co-create the future they want to see. 

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Ashley Herrmann (she/her)

Associate Director of Education, Action for the Climate Emergency

Ashley Herrmann is an experienced climate educator empowering high school students in Tampa, Florida, to understand and act on climate solutions.

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Courtni Holness (she/her)

Senior Policy Advisor, Carbon180

Courtni is committed to centering environmental and climate justice principles at the foundation of carbon removal development and deployment.

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Holly Hummel (she/her)

Community Coordinator, The School For Field Studies

Holly is a community coordinator working to ensure study abroad students’ learning and research are community-focused and community driven. 

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Aneesa Jamal (she/her)

PhD Student, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Founder, Cogitation Club Partner, Youth Conservation Action Network (YouCAN)

Aneesa mentors children to write and publish storybooks about climate change and climate justice, empowering them to raise and amplify their voices for a global audience.

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Deepika Joon (she/her)

Research Associate, Institute for Sustainable Development and Learning, Leuphana University

Deepika is a youth advocate and a sustainability education researcher working and learning with young people in schools and universities to amplify their voices on climate action and justice.

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Mariam Kabamba (she/her)

National Coordinator, Congo Environnement et Nature

Mariam empowers children and young leaders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to contribute to the protection of our planet, creating green economic opportunities and amplifying youth voices in climate education.

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Evan Kuras (he/him)

Evaluation Consultant, MXM Research Group; Board Member, Massachusetts Environmental Education Society (MEES)

Evan aims to change oppressive systems by supporting efforts to shift power and connect us with each other and our planet.

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Hamza Malik (he/him)

Teaching and Research Fellow, Lloyd Center for the Environment; Board Member, Massachusetts Environmental Education Society

Hamza is a science education researcher who supports students and teachers to better understand the nexus of in-school and out-of-school learning places (i.e., Nature Centers).

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Joy Hayley Munthali (she/her)

Executive Director, Green Girls Platform

About Joy Hayley Munthali

Joy Hayley Munthali is a passionate environmental educator and the founder and current executive director of Green Girls Platform, a female-led initiative that works to address the violence that girls and women face due to climate change in Malawi. Green Girls Platform is also the co-founder of We Trust You(th), a global initiative set up to challenge and support youth-focused donors and NGOs to partner with and fund young people more intentionally and equitably. Joy is also an advisor for the Global Resilience Fund.

Joy enjoys voluntary work and working with youth, especially girls and young women, to ensure that their rights in relation to climate change are fully realized. This is what inspired her zeal to set up a platform for girls and young women to combat climate change in Malawi.…

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Caroline Nickerson (she/her)

Executive Director, Florida Community Innovation; Advisor, SciStarter; PhD Student, University of Florida

Caroline champions citizen science, public service, and civic technology to people of all ages, all around the world, through educational, nonprofit, and academic efforts.

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Alma A. Padilla (she/her/ella)

Volunteer Member, Ossining100

Alma bridges conservation science and education to demystify environmental topics to diverse audiences and to encourage active stewardship and lifelong love for nature.

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Gitanjali Paul (she/her)

Education Program Manager, Compass Education

Gitanjali is a learning designer and facilitator empowering organizations and individuals to educate for a more sustainable, just world. 

CEE Change Fellow Jenna Potter from Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful

Jenna Potter (she/her)

Environmental Leadership and Awards Programme Manager, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful

About Jenna Potter

Jenna Potter works as the Environmental Leadership and Awards Programme Manager for the 30 Under 30 Northern Ireland Climate Change Makers Programme at Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. This independent charity is dedicated to creating a cleaner, greener and more sustainable Northern Ireland. Jenna’s mission is to educate and inspire local action to create global environmental change. She is excited to meet other like minded people to share ideas and knowledge.

Outside of work Jenna loves to travel and is always looking forward to her next adventure! Jenna loves spending time with family, her rescue dog Flora and friends, paddleboarding, hiking, and being outdoors in nature.

Jenna’s Community Action Project (CAP)

Jenna’s community action plan strives to further the work of the Northern Ireland 30…

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Catherine Price (she/her)

Senior Program Manager, Cumberland River Compact

Catherine connects the community to nature and the value of clean and abundant water to help build a more climate-resilient future. 

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James Nathaniel Refugio (he/him)

Founder, Act Now For Ranow Movement

James creates youth leadership and empowerment opportunities around the world to claim their spaces in sustainable development through social inclusion, environmental sustainability, and economic governance.

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Katie Russell (she/her)

Communications Coordinator, Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition

Katie Russell works with Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition’s CoastWatch in the schools to help students learn about and care for the Oregon Coast.

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Sarada Sangameswaran (she/her)

Director of School Programs, Communitopia

Sarada works with students and teachers to explore the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation on nature and human communities and the solutions we can all harness for a brighter future. 

CEE Change Fellow Patricia Tolly wearing a green t-shirt

Patricia Tolly (she/her)

6th Grade Teacher, Central Woodlands-Forest Hills Public Schools

Patty nurtures tomorrow’s stewards by educating young people with the skills and knowledge they need to create a sustainable future.

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Tusabe Richard ( he/him)

MSc Student, Makerere University

Richard is an environmental enthusiast advocating for an empowered, youthful generation for a greener planet. He endeavors to establish all-inclusive, engaging, and passion-fueled platforms for environmental learning to amplify the green actions of children and youth as caretakers of Mother Nature.