Richland One Educator Named Richland County’s Conservation Teacher of the Year
Dr. Jamison Browder, a Meadowfield Elementary School pre-kindergarten teacher who has shown 4-year-olds the joy of growing vegetables, bird-watching and other wonders of nature, has been named Richland County’s Conservation Teacher of the Year by the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District.
Dr. Browder leads environmental education initiatives at Meadowfield where he has coordinated multiple gardening projects and integrated gardening into the classroom using technology and Socratic seminars to better engage students. Last year, he led a gardening project where 4-year-old students learned to grow onions, lettuce and herbs.
Although Dr. Browder’s colleagues consider him a leader in the field of early childhood education, he says the biggest honor he gets is from his students.
“You don’t look for an award because you get that from the students’ reaction when they grow a plant, but it (County Conservation Teacher of the Year Award) was quite nice.”
As the county winner, Dr. Browder advances to the statewide Conservation Teacher of the Year competition. He also received a $100 cash award and a $500 mini-grant to fund more conservation projects at Meadowfield.
The Conservation Teacher of the Year program seeks to recognize and reward educators who prioritize environmental learning and teach their traditional curriculum through a conservation-minded lens. Learn more about the program and Dr. Browder’s award at this link: http://www.richlandcountysc.gov/Home/News/ArtMID/479/ArticleID/2108/Richland-County-Names-Conservation-Teacher-of-the-Year .
Dr. Jamison Browder (center), a pre-kindergarten teacher at Meadowfield Elementary School, has been named Richland County’s Conservation Teacher of the Year. Pictured at the award ceremony on October 28 are, from left: Kenny Mullis of the Richland County Soil and Water Conservation District; Chanda Cooper, conservation education analyst; Quinton Epps, conservation manager; and Chakisse Newton, District 11 Councilwoman.