Conway High EAST facilitator Richard Washam named Audubon Arkansas Educator

   

8/9/2013 3:50:17 PM

Audubon Arkansas recognized Conway EAST teacher Richard Washam for “his ability to motivate, mentor, and celebrate students in environmental and technology projects.” He enables students to experience nature and to be part of positive solutions that benefit communities. Richard was named Audubon Arkansas Educator 2007.

 

Audubon Arkansas recognized Conway EAST teacher Richard Washam for “his ability to motivate, mentor, and celebrate students in environmental and technology projects.”  He enables students to experience nature and to be part of positive solutions that benefit communities.  His students learn to think big, gain skills, prepare thoroughly, and communicate effectively.

 

 

Most importantly, Richard Washam gets students outside.  He led LR Mann Middle School students on canoe journeys through the cypress lined wetlands of the Fourche Creek to monitor water quality and to document the beauty of the urban wetland.  He joined efforts to search for Ivory-billed woodpecker and to capture that world on a Delta Documentary with students from Brinkley, Stuttgart, and DeWitt.  He developed grants to buy canoes, kayaks, a greenhouse, and technology equipment.  His attitude is always, “We can do this. We can make a difference.”

 

 

Cyrus Bahrassa, Central High School Student Body President, and Washam’s former student, stressed, “I’m amazed at his ability to believe.  He constantly expected the best out of me and every student, yet he always seemed to know that we were capable of the best.  Whenever I approached him with a bold project idea, he would say, ‘Okay, go do it,’ with confidence in his eyes.”

 

Mary Smith, Audubon Educator, cites that Rick Washam is also a “teacher’s teacher.”  He works in tandem with the staff around him and integrates his students with projects across the school and district. His students succeed because coaches them to excellence.   When he is part of something, he does everything he can to make that event a success.

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