Shirley is a Gifted-Education Specialist with the Alabama State Department of Education
She has been a member of EEAA for 20 years as an active member. She has served as our President three times and is currently serving as our treasurer.
Her affiliations include:
Alabama Ornithological Society-Chairperson of Education, Board member
Birmingham Audubon Society-Past President
Legacy, Environmental Partners-Board Member
Alabama Association for Gifted Children-Board Member
Her post-secondary education:
MS Elementary Education
MS Level Gifted Certification
Her additional certifications:
Moon Rock Certification
Trainer/Facilitator for Project WILD, Project WET, Project Aquatic WILD, Flying WILD
Her experiences in environmental education:
Developed over 20 themed Outdoor Gardens that were published in Schoolyard Mosaics by the National Gardening Association
Brought Flying WILD to the state of Alabama
Taught (and currently teach) birding workshops and environmental education workshops around the state to educators and children
Developed workshops for EEAA: Down and Dirty (soils), Wild About Wetlands; Herp Herp Hurray!
Served on the Boards of Directors for Legacy, Alabama Association for Gifted Children, and Alabama Ornithological Society.
Taught Legacy Summer Institute for 8 years
Green Ribbon Schools Award State co-chairperson
Implemented Citizen science before it became cool
Presented at state, national, and international levels on various topics of environmental education including Citizen Science, Wetlands, Technology and Science, Schoolyard Gardening
Book review of “Monograph 1 – Using a Logic Model to Review and Analyze an Environmental Education Program.” in NAAEE Communicator.
Content reviewer for 2005 Teaching Green: The Primary Years
Content reviewer for 2001 Access Nature
Editorial Consultant for 2001 Smithsonian Children’s Field Guide to Birds East
Editorial Consultant for 2001 Smithsonian Children’s Field Guide to Birds West
Challenging Science Activities: Curriculum and Resources (Editor) Fall 2011
2012 CD- Revised Environmental education and science literature books. Self-published. Distributed at the annual conference of Environmental Education Association of Alabama.
2008 CD-Environmental education and science literature books. Self-published. Distributed at the annual conference of Environmental Education Association of Alabama.
2004 CD-Environmental science resources. Self-published. Distributed at Legacy Environmental Education Institute. (annual updates to 2009).
2007- Common Birds of Alabama. Montgomery, AL: Legacy, Inc. Coordinated list of species and five photographs published on poster.
Blog, Millie’s Alabama Adventures, an extension of the Yellowhammer newsletter column, 2010-2014
Columnist, Millie’s Alabama Adventures, Yellowhammer of Alabama Ornithological Society Newsletter, 2009- 2012
Regular contributor to Alabama Association for Gifted Children’s newsletter
Columnist, Kid’s Corner, Flicker Flashes of Birmingham Audubon Society Newsletter, 2007- 2013
Monthly newsletter, FoG (Friends of Gifted) for Alabama gifted specialists, coordinators and professors, 2007-present; includes many EE resources
Her goals for EEAA:
To continue supporting environmental education in the state of Alabama through sharing resources with teachers across the state, conducting workshops and leading field trips.
Provide resources for Citizen Science and STREAM activities for real-world experiences
Develop and promote online courses in EE.