Ti’Era Worsley (School of Education) received a North Carolina Environmental Educator certification from the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). DEQ Secretary Michael Regan presented her with this award.
Worsley researches informal science education with middle-school aged youth in STEM. She works with historically marginalized youth in an informal makerspace at a local Boys and Girls Club and refugee center. “The EE Certification program has provided me the content knowledge to help bridge the gap of people’s perspectives about environmental education and building environmental literacy,” she says. “After participating in the certification program, I think about environmental issues with a diverse mindset.”
The EE Certification program is administered by the DEQ Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs and encourages professional development in environmental education and acknowledges educators committed to environmental stewardship. This program establishes standards for professional excellence in environmental education for classroom teachers and non-formal educators.