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Maggie Patterson

Howdy! Since the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, I have taught fifth grade at a large elementary school in Katy ISD. While teaching the rigorous Texas state curriculum, I make a goal to expose my students to nature by incorporating it in my lessons every day. I am also proud to say that I have established an action-packed garden club, in which the kids are excited to get outside and learn about botany, gardening, nutrition, and to simply get their hands dirty. I graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Education and a minor in Horticulture. Although it is not a usual pair, I decided to adopt Horticulture into my education because of my interest in Sociohorticulture, which studies the innate relationship between plants and people. Because of the rise of different mental and physical childhood issues, I am extremely curious about how nature can positively affect a child's development. I am passionate about education, nature, and combining the two to influence a new movement towards nature-rich classrooms in order to facilitate future generations of healthy, nature smart communities.

This spring break, I am looking forward to getting outside of the traditional classroom and working with the future Natural Leaders of Texas. I am beyond excited to be a part of a natural movement with others who are passionate about reconnecting humans and the earth!