Honeywell Educator Honored by the White House with National Teaching Award
September 06, 2016
Honeywell Educators at Space Academy (HESA) alumni David Amidon was awarded a 2016 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The award honors, supports and encourages educators who incorporate environmental education in their classrooms and teaching methods.
The award recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students.
“Honeywell Hometown Solutions programs have played a significant role in my growth as an educator. The programs help teachers focus on problem solving and providing students with real-life connections to classroom curricula,” said Amidon. “More importantly, I now have a global network of educators whom I rely on for collaboration, inspiration and support.”
Amidon, who lives in Central New York, has used the Onondaga Lake cleanup and restoration as a case study in his classroom. He combines classroom lessons with visits to newly restored wetlands. The experience provides students a real-world learning opportunity in an outdoor laboratory within their community.
Amidon is a 2013 alumni of Honeywell Educators at Space Academy (HESA), a 2014 graduate of Honeywell's Green Boot Camp and a 2016 HESA Ambassador. He participated in Honeywell Institute for Ecosystems Education in Syracuse and is a member of the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps and a New York State Master Teacher.