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2013 Educator of the Year



Wildlife Forever names Ashley Berdeau,  a North Carolina high-school art teacher, its 2013 Educator of the Year in recognition of her significant contribution to youth conservation education.

Ashley Berdeau 2013 Educator of the Year"Ashley Berdeau's students are regular participants in the State-Fish Art Contest," said Douglas H. Grann, President & CEO of Wildlife Forever. "I am extremely impressed with her fund-raising efforts enabling her winners to attend the State-Fish Art EXPO each year. She shows that it can be done through community support even during economic hard times."

Berdeau will be honored at the 15th annual State-Fish Art EXPO on July 13 along with the winning children artists from across America. This year's EXPO is hosted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry, Georgia.

"The annual State Fish Art Contest has been a valuable tool in my class curriculum. I am able to teach not only value, form, shading, texture, composition etc. but I am able to connect across the curriculum with the other teachers within the school and subject matters. Fairmont High School has been extremely successful in the past three years in contests that we have competed in," remarked Berdeau. "I love this contest not only for the cross curriculum material it provides between art and science but the cause it promotes in wildlife and fish preservation."

She joins past winners of the Educator of the Year Award, Zoe Ann Stinchcomb, 2008 from Texas; Dawn Cook, 2009 from Arkansas, Michelle Daberkow, 2010 from Nebraska, Lila Jenkins 2011 from Missouri and Dr. Helen Loughner, 2012 from Pennsylvania.

Wildlife Forever's 15th annual State-Fish Art Contest is made possible by support from its title sponsor NRG along with the U.S. Forest Service, North American Fishing Club, Rapala, Blick Art Materials, the Go Fish Education Center, Tamera Will Wissinger, author of Gone Fishing, the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Foundation, USFWS Division of Fish and Aquatic Conservation Region 7 and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

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