Texas Project Learning Tree Presents Annual Leadership in Education Award

Texas Project Learning Tree presented Becky Holcomb, a Tioga ISD teacher, with the Texas PLT Leadership in Education Award during the Texas Forestry Association's annual convention held Oct. 17-19, 2018, at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas.

Becky Holcomb (center) receives the PLT Leadership in Education Award during Texas Forestry Association's annual convention held Oct. 17-19, 2018, at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas.

“Becky is the type of PLT volunteer that every state coordinator dreams of having," said Misty Bowie, Texas PLT Co-coordinator. "She loves to share her knowledge and ideas with other educators and does an excellent job of translating the forestry jargon into terms teachers can understand and relate to their students.”

Holcomb was presented the award for her tireless commitment to PLT. She served on a committee that worked to align the newly developed Texas Forest Literacy Plan to the science and social studies guidelines. She co-presented a session at Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching and also helped man a booth for nearly 500 pre-K through eighth grade educators at Science Day at the Dallas Zoo.

Holcomb leads the Project Learning Tree activity Birds and Worms for participants at Texas Forestry Association’s Teacher Conservation Institute. 

She attended Phase I of Teacher Conservation Institute for continuing education in 2011 and returned for Phase II in 2013. In 2015, she became a facilitator for the weeklong immersion in forestry, field trips, and hands-on activities that teachers can use in their classrooms for engaging students.

“In addition to being one of PLT’s most active volunteers, Becky is a dynamo in the classroom, teaching fifth through eighth grade science where she incorporates numerous PLT activities into her classes,” said Bowie. “Becky said PLT is so much more than individual activities and lessons. PLT has become a mindset for her personally. Those are words we’d love to hear from all of our PLT educators.”

 Holcomb, pictured on a tour of Cal-Tex Lumber in Nacogdoches, has become one of Texas Project Learning Tree’s most active volunteers in recent years.


Texas Forestry Association, the voice for forestry for 100 years, promotes an economic, social and political climate that will advance forestry in Texas through education, political action and public relations, as well as serving the broad needs of the forest resource of landowners, producers and consumers, and to enhance and perpetuate the Texas forest resource.




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