Edukudos founder/Casa Veranda host/Bird guide
Blair started her career in outdoor education at "Star Hill Inn, an astronomy retreat in the Rockies". While later serving RavenStar Outdoor Education in New Braunfels, TX., she got to work with teachers extensively. Since that experience she has dreamt of EduKudos rewarding educators’ important work, inspired by the North Carolina Center for Advancement of Teaching. Blair treasures the unique lifestyle in the mountains of northern New Mexico and loved sharing it with visiting teachers in July 2018.
... is a great promoter of effective environmental literacy
Based in Taos, with a statewide mission, Amigos Bravos has grown into a well respected and nationally recognized river and water protection organization. Formed in 1988, this water conservation organization guided by social justice principles and dedicated to preserving and restoring the ecological and cultural integrity of New Mexico’s precious water and the communities that depend on it. To accomplish Amigos Bravos' goal of protecting and restoring the waters of New Mexico, we pursue three goals: Restore Watershed Health, Hold Polluters Accountable, and Develop a Water Ethic and Stewardship for the Future.
Amigos Bravos / Joe Zupan
Environmental Planner / amigos Bravos Activist
Joe’s work is mostly focused around watershed restoration, with an emphasis on creating resilient ecosystems in the face of climate change. He spends much of his free time in the mountains or on the river, where he can best be reminded that his actions and choices affect the health of the environment he cares deeply for.
Environmental Educator / EduKudos teacher liaison
Martha McLeod is an award winning teacher and youth birding program sponsor in Rockport, Texas. She has been in education for 25 years. The metal recycling program she sponsors at her school has been the top recycling program in the state of Texas for 5 years in the Great American Can Round-Up sponsored by the Can Manufacturer's Institute. Her birding team students compete yearly in the Great Texas Birding Classic usually achieving top honors in the youth category. Martha was recently named Birder of the Year by Swarovski Optiks/Bird Watcher's Digest in their annual competition. She was the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science in 2011 and was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 2013.
Culinary Co-ordinator / Tai Chi Guru
Retired women’s health nurse practitioner, currently an instructor with the Taoist Tai Chi Society in Corpus Christi, TX. She supports the EduKudos mission to honor teachers’ work creating environmental stewardship for present and future generations.
Visionary and Muse
Angela Smith is an award winning writer and editor and Executive Director Emeritus of the Writers’ League of Texas. As Executive Director of the Learning Initiative, she co-authored the book The Teacher’s Journey: Making Dynamic Learning Possible. A former reporter for the Associated Press, Smith also held positions at St. Edward’s University, Texas Association of School Boards, Texas Classroom Teachers’ Association, and the Educational Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a working musician who plays cello, piano, and steel drum and avid amateur astronomer. She is author of recent music history bestsellers Steel Drums and Steelbands: A History and Women Drummers: A History from Rock and Jazz to Blues and Country.