Don Sprangers teaches for the MS in Ecological Teaching and Learning program at Lesley.
A science teacher at Washington Academy in East Machias, Maine, Sprangers is a national award-winning science educator who has dedicated his career to promoting the importance of ecological literacy and experiential, place-based learning. His students participate actively in their learning, grappling with and tackling major environmental issues head on—not simply learning about the issues but also creating solutions and employing those solutions in their schools and communities.
Sprangers, a 2004 Lesley alumnus, has written and shared his ecological curriculum (his Action Research project while in our Ecological Teaching and Learning Program) with many teachers in Maine and around the country, where he inspires and touches the lives of many young teachers.
He is a recipient of the Eberhard Thiele award, which recognizes him for his outstanding contributions to furthering environmental education in Maine and New England. He was honored to accept the award at the awards celebration and spoke to the importance of community in supporting teachers in their work in Maine.
He is was also recognized by National Project Learning Tree as an honoree Educator of the Year for his Project Learning Tree workshops and for being “the founding force behind Maine’s Forest Inventory Growth Project.”