Tracey Gray: the sustainability fairy

ResourceSmart Secondary Teacher of the year Tracey GrayTracey Gray is a passionate science teacher who is responsible for the environment program at Port Fairy Consolidated School. She is an “everyday legend” in the eyes of her school community, and her passion, knowledge and commitment to sustainability has created positive change.

Tracey manages four environment blogs, and regularly updates them with students to communicate environmental and educational issues to the school community and beyond. 

On the weekend, Tracey often volunteers her time gardening, caring for chickens and coordinating habitat protection at the school. She is also responsible for the school’s environmental blog and other initiatives including Voices of the Coast and Shared Hands partnership programs.

Actions

Tracey has helped develop the school’s sustainability policies, facilitated whole-staff learning, established innovative programs and worked with teachers to integrate sustainability within the curriculum. Some of her leading programs include:

  • The ‘Shared Hands’ partnership program, in which she manages harvesting and cooking for 100 people at the school, several times a year.
  • ‘Voices of the Coast’, a program that Tracey secured $3000for from the Australian Marine and Environment Protection Association where the aim is to create an online blog and application on marine algae and coastal creatures found on the south-west coast
  • Fostering student leadership through Trees 2B CO2 free and Earth Credits program where students take responsibility for their environmental footprint and learn how they can create a more sustainable future. 

Impact 

Tracey empowers her students by giving them ownership of projects and practical sustainability education which relates to their local environment. She also designs and leads professional development for other teachers both locally and globally.

ResourceSmart Primary Teacher of the Year 2013 sponsored by:

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