Scott Hartman – Pre-K – 8th Nature Explorations and 6-th-8th Grade Science at Hamilton Elementary/Middle School – Baltimore, MD
Scott is a 15-year veteran teacher with the Baltimore City Public School System and has spent the last 11 of those years at Hamilton Elementary/Middle School. After starting his career teaching elementary science, Scott launched a sustainability-focused class that is centered around the urban gardens and outdoor classrooms he created on his school grounds. Through developing these outdoor learning spaces, Scott has provided students in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade with hands-on, place-based learning opportunities about the environment, sustainability, food systems, and nutrition. The outdoor education program is entering its 9th year and now includes two outdoor classrooms, multiple food-growing spaces, large pollinator gardens, and a chicken coop!
In addition to working to ensure a safe and beautiful space for students at his school, Scott often shares his experience through district and state professional development sessions, panel discussions, and one-on-one tours of the outdoor learning spaces at Hamilton E/M School. When Scott isn’t busy in the school gardens, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two children.