Fairfax Michele Sullivan, a fifth grade teacher at Mantua Elementary School, has won the 2017 Hog Island, Maine, Environmental Teacher Scholarship from the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia. The scholarship goes to one educator in Northern Virginia who designs the best plan for bringing conservation education to students outdoors.
As the scholarship recipient, Sullivan will receive multidisciplinary training including techniques in art, music, theater, journaling, and other disciplines during Educator’s Week in July. She and her fellow educators will experience a host of classic Audubon Camp field trip adventures, including a boat trip to the restored Atlantic Puffin and Tern colony on Eastern Egg Rock, intertidal explorations, and hiking through Hog Island's unspoiled spruce-fir forest.
Sullivan, who teaches math and language arts at Mantua, works conservation into her classes as well as during the school’s enrichment period.
Sullivan has been a teacher with Fairfax County Public Schools for four years. Her background includes employment with the American Wind Energy Association, and an information technology professional for nonprofit organizations and the Women’s United Soccer Association.