VSU’s Jessica Pippin Named Project Learning Tree Facilitator of the Year

VSU’s Jessica Pippin Named Project Learning Tree Facilitator of the Year
VSU’s Jessica Pippin Named Project Learning Tree Facilitator of the Year

17th August 2021

Jessica Pope
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VSU’s Jessica Pippin Named Project Learning Tree Facilitator of the Year

Jessica Pippin of the STEAM Center for Applied Creativity and Innovation at Valdosta State University has received the Outstanding Facilitator of the Year Award from the Georgia Project Learning Tree.


VALDOSTA – Jessica Pippin with Valdosta State University STEAM Center for Applied Creativity and Innovation Georgia Project Learning Tree Outstanding Facilitator of the Year Award has earned.

Georgia Project Learning Tree Outstanding Facilitator of the Year Award a moderator recognizes the consistently high-quality professional development of Georgia Educators provide funds project Learning Tree and its mission environmental competence and responsibility, and looks constantly for opportunities, professional development and resources available ask for educators in the Peach State.

“With this award, I did not expect this,” Pippin said. “I was so humiliated and shocked that others would nominate me. In fact, I talked to the country coordinator of the nomination of another person.

“I’m glad to be a part of a program that teaches students not only to look like in their environment, but also how logical decisions on all the evidence that they are based done. That’s what is so great about Project Learning Tree, not to work with people to say, teach the other, passionate and love. “

Pippin joined the VSU team in late 2013 as an Education Specialist in the Office of Clinical Experiences, where she was responsible for managing hundreds of field experiences and clinical practice internships for the James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education and Human Services.

Beginning in 2018 Pippin was appointed to manage coordinator for the STEAM Center for Applied Creativity and innovation of VSU, a role that allows it to use creative methods to train teachers and students in South Georgia in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics the promotion of a collaborative learning community.

“My team and I can excursions and workshops – both virtually and in person – with elementary, middle and work together high school students, and we can also help to educate our community and our teachers about the STEAM education and educate,” added she added. “Every day brings the STEAM Center new challenges and opportunities to change the lives of our fellow human beings. to be able to support thousands of people, even during a global health crisis, does what I do, even more important. “

The STEAM Center for Applied Creativity and Innovation at VSU has several different programs aimed at helping elementary, intermediate, and high school teachers learn new ways to educate, support, encourage, and inspire students in their classrooms. Some of the better known initiatives, Pippin said, include Carolina Biological, SunPower for Schools, and of course, Project Learning Tree.

“It is amazing to think that VSU the STEAM Center can have such a significant impact on South Georgia,” she continued. “We have the students in our field who are so far below the poverty line they decide whether they should help take care of their families, work or go to school to further their education. We have the opportunity to help level to play the field through our events.

“When you’re right in the middle of it all, it’s easy to get caught up in the logistical details – does it start on time? Do I have enough supplies for all the children? What do I do for the filling time? What if you’ve already seen this activity? The list is long. But it just takes a tiny bit of interest and a student’s life can be changed forever. We have the opportunity – and it is absolutely an opportunity – to work with students and adults alike to transform our culture. We can help expand their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, art and math and how they can apply it in their lives. There is no better feeling than seeing a student having that aha moment and knowing that you have made a lasting connection. “

Pippin said she is looking forward to another academic year teaching VSU friends and neighbors in South Georgia how to think critically, how to solve problems, and how to use creativity. She also looks forward to many more opportunities to help area teachers and other community members make learning fun and engaging and empower future generations of curious learners.

VSU’s STEAM Center for Applied Creativity and Innovation has two new learning opportunities coming this fall – The Arts and Science of Sports, which opens in November, and Girl Scouts Day, which participants can earn badges using the Project Learning Tree curriculum.

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Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders who work with teens from preschool through 12th grade. Its mission is to promote sustainability through forest-oriented cooperation. Imagine a world that values ​​and benefits from sustainably managed forests.

The Learning Tree project aims to promote environmental education, management and career paths using trees and forests as windows on the world. It does this by providing the student with an awareness, understanding, skills, and commitment to address environmental issues; allowing students to apply scientific processes and higher order thinking skills to solve environmental problems; Helping students acquire an appreciation for and tolerance of different viewpoints on environmental issues and develop attitudes and actions based on the analysis and evaluation of the available information; Encourage creativity, originality and flexibility to solve environmental problems and issues; and inspiring and empowering students become responsible, productive, and participatory members of society.