Reporting in, August 5th. One week after teachers' departures.

The educators who attended EduKudos pilot programs, July 2018, came  from three states and comprised three diverse groups of professionals, elementary through freshman college…lots of science and math experience.  

It was interesting to observe how quickly they related and reached out to each other, usually within minutes of arrival.  

They connected almost immediately, easily sharing universal issues facing teachers as well as personal backgrounds, challenges, solutions and desire for change in education.  

These unique spirits also shared an obvious dedication to education, true caring for their students and the Planet..

EduKudos “alums” are now discussing how to “grow” the project.   Please STAY TUNED!    Your input and suggestions are appreciated.

Kudos to the following generous and visionary friends of EduKudos.com.  Your support gave teachers a break.

Douglas Ratliff

 Carl Jenkins

Ellen Bywaters

Angela Smith

Jean Payne

Joe Zupan / AmigosBravos

Ben Mortensen

Martha McLeod

Ann Brown

Beverly Mitchell

 Joanie Berde

Lisa Frederick

Buddy Steele

Jonathan Thron

Laura and David Heflin

Kyle Reimer

Nancy Noel Fechtel

Jeff Barkley

Charlotte and Mike Plantz

Peggy Bennett

Beverly Trifonidis

Kim and Larry Springfield

Clodie Francois

Barbara Tullman-Malisow

Celestyn Brozek

Susan Boeglin

Kathy Steffan

Juan Rodriquez and Nubia Sanchez-Rodriquez

Ray and Kathy Wiley

Cindy Crawford

Susan Plagge

Margie Billups

David Rose

Jim Crusinberry

Embudo Valley Library

Lise Poulsen and Nick Beason   

Karen Cohen 

Elifas Fresquez

Doug Bedell

Sahd's Hardware

Kombucha Marimba Dixon

Kiva Duckworth-Moulton

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.   Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”— Margaret Mead

Deepest gratitude to brave teachers everywhere and trusting supporters! 

from Blair Brown and crew, edukudos@gmail.com

Only 20 days until first guest educators arrive!

Here is update letter sent yesterday to EduKudos Awardees:

 

"Woo-hoo!  Three weeks from today you will be arriving at Casa Veranda for your EduKudos getaway in the mountains!

Our rain which Hurricane Bud had promised over the weekend did NOT materialize, a major disappointment but temps did drop dramatically…highs on Saturday were in the ‘60S!   Very refreshing.  So far Carson National Forest is still open for hiking.  And little rio chiquito continues to gurgle along.   

Hopefully, by your arrival monsoons will have started, which typically would mean cool (‘60s)  sunny mornings, warm afternoons (‘80s) cooling off late in the day with a shower, skies clearing again by dark, nights down in the ‘50s.

Here’s a small peek into preparation going into your retreat week:   

We are working hard to make all lodging, Glamping and in the Casa, cozier than ever. Inviting spaces in nature are being created for relaxation with your colleagues or serene solitude, with a book or in meditation.

As balm for your spirit, your personal yoga instructor, Roxanne, is designing a special session to start your week,  gentle and renewing stretches while listening to birdsong next to the river Tuesday morning.  

As sustenance for the body, culinary whizz, Jean, is mulling over her recipe archives in search of perfectly delicious healthy meals using local produce.

To stimulate thoughtful discussions, Joe, long-time environmental activist with AmigosBravos, plans to enlighten us about water sources in our valley and re water resources in the Southwest.

AND more!

All of us look forward to the chance to get to know you.  If you have time and inclination, please consider sharing the following info:

1.  What led you to be a teacher and how long have you taught?

2.  If you could wave the proverbial wand, what would you love to see happen in your career and environmental literacy?  No judgement here, just dreaming.

3.  What are your personal hopes regarding your time invested in this ecoRetreat?

As mentioned before, your participation and input will inform the future of the EduKudos concept…thanking and honoring teachers for teaching.

Can’t wait to see you, please don’t hesitate to call with any questions.

Happy Summer!

Blair and crew"

 

 

Kudos to EduKudos Visionary Friends . . . Giving Teachers a Break!

 

Douglas Ratliff

 Carl Jenkins

Ellen Bywaters

Angela Smith

Jean Payne

AmigosBravos

Ben Mortensen

Martha McLeod

Ann Brown

Beverly Mitchell

 Joanie Berde

Lisa Frederick

Buddy Steele

Jonathan Thron

Laura and David Heflin

Kyle Reimer

Nancy Noel Fechtel

Jeff Barkley

Charlotte and Mike Plantz

Peggy Bennett

Beverly Trifonidis

 

 

Kim and Larry Springfield

Clodie Francois

Barbara Tullman-Malisow

Celestyn Brozek

Susan Boeglin

Kathy Steffan

Juan Rodriquez and Nubia Sanchez-Rodriquez

Ray and Kathy Wiley

Cindy Crawford

Susan Plagge

Margie Billups

David Rose

Jim Crusinberry

Embudo Valley Library

Lise Poulsen and Nick Beason   

Karen Cohen 

Elifas Fresquez

Doug Bedell

Sahd's Hardware

Kombucha Marimba Dixon


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead

Teachers are applying!

EduKudos has received some great lesson plans and applications from teachers along the Gulf coast.  Their participation bring a unique perspective on climate change to the discussion.  Some of them lost their schools to Harvey.  We are doing our best to be able to award them an ecoRetreat respite in mountains this July.  

For diversity sake we  also look forward  to applications from teachers in NM and other parts of the country.   Please tell educators you know about the program and that applications are simple, quick and on-line at www.edukudos.com.

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Good news and not-so-good....

Good news is that the past weekend brought four teacher applications and $1850 in new EduKudos donations! These investments in teachers' ecoRetreat transportation, farm-to-table meals, hands-on in the field science activities, pampering amenities and camaraderie in the renewing serenity of nature. Thank you for your vision and generosity and for spreading the word....

Discouraging news is that the drought in the Southwest increases by the day.   Winter snowfall keeps alluding us and what does come seems to contain little moisture, mud is a distant memory.  Hearing of excessive rains and snows across the country, we ask that your send us your extra precipitation.  Our watersheds and their resident species all thank you in advance!

Tribute to Teachers #1

"I learned more from her than any other teacher, and if it hadn't been for her I'm sure I would have gone to jail."

                                                Steve Jobs

                                                excerpt from Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

                 He is describing his fourth grade teacher,  Imogene “Teddy” Hill, as “one of the saints of my life.”

                     

It's fascinating to consider how different might our world be without Ms. Hill’s influence on Steve Jobs?

Please send your tribute to a favorite teacher!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great News! Kudos to AmigosBravos

Amigos Bravos has donated its Honoraria fees for Ben Mortensen's Watershed presentations at teachers' ecoRetreats in July.  This represents $1000.00 in funding.  AmigosBravos is a statewide conservation organization which since 1988 has worked to  "Protect and Restore the Waters of New Mexico".  Please check them out at amigosbravos.org.  

We look forward to getting out in the field with Ben and guest educators this summer, learning more about our watersheds, acequias and rivers.

Thank you, Amigos Bravos.