The 2009 Tennessee Environmental Education Association, (TEEA) Distinguished Service Award was presented to George Bartnik the Tennessee Aquarium’s education programs manager. For decades, and throughout many environmental education venues, Bartnik has creatively taught children and adults about the environment. As a teacher, Bartnik leads by example and encourages everyone to develop a deep appreciation for the natural world through the Aquarium’s environmental education programs. He always combines his knowledge of biology and science with a sense of humor. As a result, Bartnik is able to gently lead students through activities designed to raise their environmental awareness, increase their knowledge and inform their decision-making.
Besides his contributions at the Tennessee Aquarium, Bartnik has served TEEA in many leadership capacities over the years, including those of President, Treasurer and Newsletter Editor. “TEEA is indeed fortunate to have benefitted from George Bartnik’s dedication,” said Karen Hargrove, TEEA past president. “We are proud to publicly honor him for his distinguished service as an environmental educator.”
The Tennessee Environmental Education Association (TEEA) is a non-profit organization that, for over 30 years, works to increase public awareness of the environment and to prepare both current and future citizens to make knowledgeable decisions regarding environmental issues.