SFA professor wins prestigious award

SFA professor wins prestigious award

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - One Stephen F. Austin State University professor just got back from a trip of a lifetime after he earned the prestigious National Project Learning Tree Outstanding Educator award.

Dr. Alan Sowards, an SFA Elementary Education professor, has been the first Texan to ever be granted the prestigious national honor.

He was recognized for this award for his contribution for the programs he created and implemented at SFA.

In addition, he was given a fully paid trip to Portland Oregon where he shared his ideas about his different environmental programs, but Tuesday he told us that he couldn't have done it alone.

"How I felt was that there was a lot of people involved," Sowards said. "It's not just the things that I've done; it's the partnership and collaborative and the support from other people, so even though I may have won this award its everyone else involved in getting me to this point"

The trip to Portland Oregon was alongside 22 others from around the world, and each had the opportunity to travel and share their own knowledge and learn about their different environmental ideals.

"That we're a lot alike in a lot of ways and that even though we come from different places," Sowards said. " I think that was an incredible thing to learn from each other."

The trip to Oregon gave teachers, biologists, and environmentalists from all over the world the ability to share ideas to implement in their own careers. Sowards looks forward to applying what he’s learned abroad back home in East Texas.

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