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SPC Tarpon professor receives national recognition

Suncoast staff report

TARPON SPRINGS — A St. Petersburg College, Tarpon Springs campus professor has been named as one of five outstanding educators by a national environmental education program.

Robert Raze Jr. instructs courses primarily focused on preparing future teachers for their careers.

The 2014 National Project Learning Tree Outstanding Educator award highlights Raze’s work and commitment to environmental education. PLT is the national environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation and is sponsored in Florida by the University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation.

According to a press release, Raze has been with SPC since 2004 and involved in environmental education for the past 35 years. He has twice served on the Florida PLT Steering Committee and received the Florida PLT Facilitator of the Year Award in 2000 and 2013.

“You see a list of impressive achievements,” said Nancy Peterson, Florida PLT coordinator. “But not listed are the heart, compassion, and commitment he shows his students and the teachers he reaches. He inspires all of us who are lucky enough to work with him.”

Raze will be honored at PLT’s 28th International Coordinators’ Conference in Traverse City, Mich., on May 19 to 22. He’s also invited to the World Forestry Center’s International Educators’ Institute in Portland, Ore., on July 13 to 19.