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John Fortner Award

The John Fortner Outstanding Educator Award was created in honor of our first President, founder and supporter of the Texas Outdoor Education Association since the beginning in 1974. This award is to honor an educator who has worked tirelessly to promote the mission of TOEA, which is to develop in the children of Texas a love and appreciation for the outdoors and the environment.


Any current member of the TOEA may either self-­nominate or nominate someone else for this award as long as they meet the following criteria:


1. Be a current member of TOEA.

2. Have been a member of TOEA for at least 5 years.

3. Is not currently a member of the Board of Directors.

4. May be either an active or retired educator.

5. Serve as a positive role model epitomizing the values and desired         outcomes of outdoor/environmental education. 

6. Demonstrate enthusiasm for the profession and her/his role in it.

7. Show interest in, and sensitivity to the needs of students, clients,             and fellow professionals.

8. Utilizes various methodologies and implements creative, 

     innovative and safe effective courses, programs, classes in     

    outdoor education.

9. Assumes responsibility for her/his professional growth and 

    evidence of professional commitment through membership and 

    involvement in local, state, and national professional     



You may submit a nomination either by downloading the application HERE and then mailing or e-mailing the application for consideration. Send the application to Keira Quam at president@toea.org

John Fortner 

Award Recipients

2003 – Tresa Gilchrest

2004 – Rick Robbins

2005 – Sandy Marek

2006 – Buddy Gilchrest

2007 – Carol King

2008 – Selma Glasscock

2009 -  Esther Lopez

2010 – Jo Ann Winston

2011 – Mert Bishop

2012 – Betty Frederick

2013 – Fletcher Phillips

2014 - Larry Hysmith

2015 - Karen Howden

2016 - Lari Jo Wallace