West Chester Friends Teacher Wins Award

West Chester Friends Teacher Wins Award

WEST CHESTER, PA — Michelle Lozowski, a kindergarten teacher at West Chester Friends School, has been named the 2018 Teacher of the Year by the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance. The annual award recognizes a teacher working in the Brandywine Watershed who dedicates their time to helping students develop an appreciation for the environment and spending time outdoors.

BRC education coordinator Julia Steiner said, “Michelle can be found at school early in the morning, setting up the outdoor classroom–an urban oasis in the middle of the West Chester borough.”  Steiner noted that students’ outdoor learning includes writing stories, creating art with natural materials, reading to the resident hens and, of course, environmental studies.  In addition, “Michelle organizes off-site field trips to local open spaces, and these are some of her favorite science lessons,”

Lozowski recently organized a peer gathering for the Friends Council on Education during which early childhood educators presented collaborative ways to integrate nature in their curriculums.

“BRC is proud to honor teachers like Michelle who provide experiential, science-based learning opportunities,” said Steiner.

Founded in 1836 and located in West Chester, PA, West Chester Friends School provides early childhood and elementary aged students in preschool through fifth grade with the essential foundation they require to become lifelong learners, contributing members of their communities and citizens of the world through an enriched curriculum, taught in the context of Quaker values.  For more information, visit www.wcfriends.org.


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