TARPON SPRINGS – Robert E. Raze Jr., a professor at St. Petersburg College, has been named one of five Outstanding Educators by Project Learning Tree, the national environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation.
Raze, who began teaching at St. Petersburg College in 2004, teaches courses to prepare future teachers for successful careers and has been active in environmental education for 35 years, including workshops for students at Florida State University, Florida A&M and the University of South Florida. He also designed, planned and conducts a week-long Teacher Training Summer Camp to provide practicing teachers with new knowledge and skills to share with their students and activities to complement their lesson plans.
“You see a list of impressive achievements,” Florida PLT Coordinator Nancy Peterson said in a press release, “but not listed are the heart, compassion, and commitment he shows his students and the teachers he reaches. He inspires all of us who are lucky enough to work with him.”
Raze currently serves on the Florida PLT Steering Committee and the Florida STEM Advisory Committee for the Florida Department of Education and is a former member of the board of the North American Association for Environmental Education. In 2000 and 2013, he received the Florida PLT Facilitator of the Year Award.
Raze will be honored at PLT’s 28th International Coordinators’ Conference, May 19-22, in Traverse City, Michigan. He is also invited to attend the World Forestry Center’s International Educators’ Institute, July 13-19, in Portland, Ore.