For more than 30 years, Carolyn Cohen has been an elementary school teacher in both private and public schools in Montgomery County, MD. With a Masters in early childhood education from the University of Maryland and a specialization in the interrelated arts, Carolyn has been instrumental in applying innovative curricula in her classroom. And the Buddy Bison School Program is an example of an innovative program that she uses each year.
In 2009, she led the Bullis School (Potomac, MD) to become one of the charter members of the Buddy Bison program, using parks as a backdrop for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and other subjects as well. Since Bullis is not a Title I school, they do not receive financial support from NPT. However, Carolyn knows firsthand the many benefits of the Buddy Bison program. In fact, she has even created several education modules for our Buddy Bison classroom toolkit including one on national parks. Her outstanding efforts to bring learning outdoors, was recognized when NPT joined by Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar presented her with our inaugural National Teacher Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship, also known as The Buddy.