Meet the Team
Sandy Neumann, M.A.
STRAW Professional Development Manager
Education and Outreach
My responsibilities as the Professional Development Manager for Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed (STRAW). include planning content and facilitating Watershed Week,a three day August training for teachers and partners focused on science and climate smart education; educator network meetings during the school year continuing our summer theme; STRAW intern training; advisor to the STRAW Faculty; fund raising; facilitation and conflict resolution.
My background includes teaching and principal experience at both middle and elementary schools, The STRAW Project started at my school as part of an emphasis on place-based education. I was Director of the Teacher Advisor Project that trained and placed educators in schools to plan and implement staff and professional development programs and coached teachers in acquiring new skills. As Director of Education for The Center for Ecoliteracy, I initiated a large network of environmental educators along the northern California coast. I worked as a planner and facilitator to start SEED, a new school for educators at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas and was instrumental in the start-up of REAL School Gardens in Fort Worth.
The STRAW Program reflects the philosophy that child, as well as adult education, needs to be grounded in experience with a deep respect for individual learning styles. The only aspect that may be different is the vocabulary and the level of skill development needed. All learners can and should do the work themselves with assistance as requested. Students are capable of much more than most adults expect..
Students are willing and critical partners to climate change solutions!