Patti Bartlett is a junior high school math and science teacher at Seeley Lake Elementary in western Montana. She holds BA degrees in Elementary and Special Education from Montana State University in Billings and a Master’s degree in Science Education from Montana State University in Bozeman. A finalist for Montana Teacher of the Year in 2011, Patti was named a Gold Star teacher in 2012. In the spring of 2013, she was recognized with Montana’s Wetland Stewardship Award for her work in the Trumpeter Swan Reintroduction Program. This was accomplished in conjunction with Blackfoot Challenge, a grass-roots conservation alliance, where she serves as Education Chairperson. Recently, Patti advanced to the level of teacher-trainer upon completion of her third year of “Teaching for Excellence,” a program innovated by legendary educator, Spence Rogers. In the past two years, Pure Montana Tales, a community-based science program, has twice requested that Patti and her students present on the status of water quality and fisheries of Morrell Creek, a neighboring site where her outdoor classroom is situated. The Morrell Creek Riparian Classroom was founded in 2009 by Ms. Bartlett to enhance her place-based educational philosophy and to cultivate a fresh generation of stewards for western Montana.
Role in BANR: Lead Teacher