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Congresswoman Capps Congratulates Santa Maria Teacher Riccardo Magni for Winning Presidential Innovation Award
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Lois Capps congratulated Riccardo Magni, a science teacher at Pioneer Valley High School in Santa Maria, for winning the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators from the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Magni was the only California award winner out of 18 instructors recognized this year nationwide.
I congratulate Riccardo Magni on winning this award. He’s a shining example for our community and our children, and we’re all incredibly proud of his work to prepare our students for our green economy,” said Congresswoman Capps. “Throughout his career, Mr. Magni has succeeded in engaging his students, opening their eyes to cutting edge technologies, and encouraging them to study new ideas. We’re lucky to have him on the Central Coast.”
Mr. Magni, who was named Teacher of the Year for 2012-13 by the Santa Barbara County Education Office, organized students to begin monthly testing of a local pond at Jim May Park. Students test the water for environmental factors, analyze the data, and share results with a local elementary school. Mr. Magni also leads field trips to the Avila Sea Life Center, where students participate in a workshop, collect ocean water samples and study sea life. He recently founded the Summer Science Research Institute, a six-week summer program during which students have built a wind turbine and a wave energy device to extract energy from the ocean. He has secured more than $45,000 in grants for his school.
The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers and their local education agencies across the country for excellence in integrating environmental education into their lessons and connecting students with their communities and the natural world. Mr. Magni and Pioneer High School will each receive a $2,000 cash prize.
For more information about this award program: http://www.epa.gov/education/teacheraward
For more information about the first year’s other winners around the nation: http://www.epa.gov/education/teacheraward/winners.html