In April of 2012 Riccardo Magni, a science teacher at Pioneer Valley High School in Santa Maria, was selected for a national Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators from the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). See EPA news release about Magni’s achievement here. Magni was nominated for this award by the District.
Magni was one of only 18 teachers in the country selected for the award, and was the only recipient in EPA Region 9, which includes California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, all of the U.S. territories in the South Pacific, and almost 150 tribes.
Magni is a leader in air quality education, and received several “Care for Our Earth” grants from the Santa Barbara County Education Office through an initiative sponsored by the District and other partners. In May of 2012 the District Board approved a Resolution of Recognition for Magni. See interview with Magni in our newsletter here.
In June, public officials, school administrators, teachers, and more, gathered in Riccardo Magni’s classroom to celebrate his achievement.
Pictured (from left): Mark Goodman, Faculty Association President at Righetti High School, Santa Maria City Councilwoman Alice Patino, Pioneer Valley High School Teacher Manuel Casillas, Patricia Graham of Brandman University, Shanda Herrera, Principal of Pioneer Valley High School, Tracy Marsh, Assistant Superintendant/Human Resources for Santa Maria Joint Union High School District, Riccardo Magni, John Davis, Assistant Superintendant/Curriculum for Santa Maria Joint Union High School District, Mary Byrd, Public Information Officer at Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, Tami Barnum Administrative Principal’s Assistant at Pioneer Valley High School, Petti Pfau, Director of Teacher Programs at Santa Barbara County Education Officer, Dave Van Mullem, Director of Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, Karly Kaufman, Public Outreach Intern at Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, Peggy Greer of the Santa Barbara County Education Office, and Kevin Yung of Santa Maria Energy.
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