BTNEP coordinator wins award

Staff Report
Alma Robichaux, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Barataria- Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP).

THIBODAUX– Alma Robichaux, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Barataria- Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP), was recently awarded the prestigious Louisiana Distinguished Informal Science Educator Award. The award was presented at the 2016Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics and the Louisiana Science Teachers Association (LSTA) Joint Conference, which was held on Oct. 24 to Oct. 26 at the Baton Rouge River Center.

The award is designed to recognize one LSTA member who is not a classroom teacher and who has made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of science education in other than a traditional school setting. Examples include individuals who work for a science-technology center, museum, nature center, community service center, foundation, state agency, or federal agency.

According to Robichaux’s nomination letter, Robichaux was nominated based on her work to educate students, teachers and communities on coastal environmental policies and issues. She has coordinated and presented at numerous educational workshops, service learning opportunities, and shared hands-on integrated activities for teachers. She has presented at LTSA conferences, schools, organizations, festivals and council meetings. She has provided instruction at events such as WETSHOP, WETMAP, Wetlands Youth Summit, and Louisiana Academy of Sciences.

I am truly honored and thankful to be receiving this award from LSTA,” said Robichaux. “I absolutely love my job and the impact I am allowed to make on so many students and teachers.”

Robichaux has been employed at BTNEP for seven years and has started up projects such as the Bayou Lafourche Clean-up and Rain Barrel Program. Her most recent project, the Marine Debris Program, involves Junior and Senior students from high schools located in the estuary system.

Alma’s zeal for teaching and learning science and protecting the environment is contagious. She has served our state as a distinguished public servant in the field of informal science education,” said Susan Testroet-Bergeron, BTNEP Director. “Her extraordinary enthusiasm and willingness to partner with a host of organizations has been instrumental in helping BTNEP share content information, curriculum, and educational resources produced by our scientific staff. Additionally, for many years she has been influential in providing funding to other organizations for wetlands education and field experiences.”

LSTA is an organization of Louisiana science educators dedicated to the advancement of scientific literacy at all levels. The organization provides members with current information on science education, upcoming science education professional development workshops, science education grant and award opportunities, science teacher trainings as well as an annual professional development conference. As an affiliate of theNational Science Teachers Association, LSTA strives to maintain close ties with other state science teacher organizations in an effort to remain abreast of current issues and challenges facing science education. Membership in LSTA ensures that science educators have a forum for promoting science education.