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Richland One educator named county Conservation Teacher of the Year

Staff Report //November 4, 2020//

Richland One educator named county Conservation Teacher of the Year

Staff Report //November 4, 2020//

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A pre-kindergarten educator at Meadowfield Elementary School has been named Richland County’s Conservation Teacher of the Year.

Jamison Browder shows off garden beds used to teach students about gardening and conservation at Meadowfield Elementary School as Richland County Councilwoman Chakisse Newton looks on. (Photo/Provided)Jamison Browder leads environmental education initiatives at the Richland County School District One school, where he has coordinated multiple gardening and bird-watching projects. He was honored with the award from the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District, along with a $100 cash award and a $500 conservation education mini-grant.

Browder also advances to the statewide Conservation Teacher of the Year competition, sponsored by the S.C. Association of Conservation Districts.

Last year, Browder led a push to acquire a farm-to-table grant for his school, which was used to teach 4-year-old students to grow onions, lettuce and herbs, according to a news release from the county.

“Whether he is working with students or adults, Browder portrays himself in a confident, passionate and professional manner that entices people to join conservation and planting efforts,” Meadowfield principal Lisa Davis said. “His dedication and compassion are exemplary in every way.”

Browder has worked in early childhood instruction for 12 years and has received several other grants to sustain campus gardening initiatives. He recently received his Ph.D. in education from the University of South Carolina.

Richland County’s Conservation Teacher of the Year program recognizes educators who prioritize environmental learning. Nominations for the 2021 award are being accepted online until April 30, 2021.

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