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Edna Chirico — Green Teacher Network & REAL School Gardens Merge

In 2012 I started Green Teacher Network in an effort to support schools in challenged communities with basic school gardening skills.

Since then, more than 200 schools and 1500 teachers have joined the network to learn more about creating successful school gardens, to share best practices, and to discuss how to get students more engaged outdoors. I’m not an educator by training, I’ll leave that to the experts. I always saw my role as a connector, connecting teachers with gardening information, connecting them with nutrition experts, and connecting them with funding partners interested in the cause.


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Jeanne McCarty — REAL School Gardens & Green Teacher Network Merger


I’m so excited to announce that REAL School Gardens is expanding into the Carolinas by merging with a Charlotte-based nonprofit, the Green Teacher Network. The organization works to advance academics, health, and sustainability through school gardens and outdoor learning. For years, CEO Edna Chirico has led a small staff and a team of dedicated volunteers to bring learning garden resources and enhancement opportunities to more than 2,000 educators at 185 schools around Charlotte, North Carolina. I met Edna several years ago when she was looking for partners to bring more instructional coaching to the teachers in the network.

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Job Opportunity — Regional Executive Director, Texas

Position Title: Regional Executive Director, Texas
Location: Regional
Reports to Title: VP of Regional Operations & Impact
FLSA Status: Exempt
Job Type: Full Time, Regular Staff Position
REAL School Gardens, an innovative nonprofit organization committed to growing successful students in low-income schools, is seeking a Regional Executive Director. This strategic, passionate and thoughtful leader will be responsible for the guidance and direction of an existing team, setting a strategic growth plan, ensuring sustainability, stewarding key stakeholders, ensuring successful program outcomes and expanding the organization’s impact in multiple markets in Texas. This key position reports directly to the Vice President, Regional Operations and Impact.
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