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Broadneck High teacher wins environment award


Anne Patricia Neidhardt, science teacher at Broadneck High School, will receive the 2002 Jan Hollmann Environmental Education Award at an awards ceremony at 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center in Millersville.

The award, established in 1994 to recognize the life and environmental accomplishments of Jan Hollmann, who died of cancer at age 44, is given annually to one or more people or an organization in Anne Arundel County with notable achievements in environmental education.

Neidhardt has received several other awards honoring her work with teachers and students. She was named Anne Arundel County Public School Teacher of the Year in 1990 and Maryland State Teacher of the Year by the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland Chamber Foundation in 1993. She was the first teacher from Anne Arundel County to win that award.

In 1994 she received the Milken Award for Excellence in Education, with a prize of $25,000 for her contributions to secondary education.

Neidhardt began teaching in Lanett, Ala., in 1968. In Maryland, she has taught at the University of Maryland, College Park, Prince George's Community College, Anne Arundel Community College and Anne Arundel County's public schools. She has taught for 22 years in Anne Arundel County and is teaching advanced placement environmental science at Broadneck High School. She is science department chair and sponsor of the Ecology Club.

She has supplemented the core lessons with numerous grants and programs including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Bay School Program, the Department of Natural Resources Forest Conservation Grant, an ITT Research Institute Grant, a Chesapeake Bay Trust grant and grants from the National Science Teachers Association and Toyota Motor Corp.

The award ceremony is open to the public. Local vocalist Tali Katz will entertain. Reservations are necessary. Contributions are accepted for the Jan Hollmann Environmental Education Award. Information: 410-222-3822.

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