Denise Ortiz named Ambassador for EcoRise

Denise Ortiz named Ambassador for EcoRise

EcoRise has announced the selection of Denise Ortiz, a teacher at New Braunfels High School, for its 2017-18 Teacher Ambassador Program. Ortiz, who teaches 11th and 12th grade AP environmental science and aquatic science, is one of six educators nationwide, including four from the state of Texas, named to the program.


Ortiz’s involvement in the ambassador program will run through August 2018, during which time she will benefit from several exclusive opportunities, including professional development training, priority access to new pilot programs and initiatives, and the chance to present at conferences on behalf of EcoRise.


“I am pleased to be able to work with other teachers by sharing my experiences,” said Ortiz. “Not only do I have the opportunity to assist other teachers, but I am also excited to hear about other teachers' ideas and proposals. Truly a teacher’s desire is to see others’ excitement!”


According to Oritz, Eco-Rise is a fabulous program that helps students not only connect to the real world, but it also provides an avenue for students to have ownership of their school by offering them the opportunity to implement sustainability efforts on their campus. All projects her students developed last year were to help curb plastic from entering our waterways.  


EcoRise is a school-based curriculum organization inspiring a new generation of leaders to design a sustainable future for all. The program focuses on enhancing STEM education, promoting sustainability, introducing students to green careers, and helping students develop 21st century skills.


“Working closely with teachers who are not only skilled in teaching sustainability, but who can match their skill with an enduring passion for developing the next generation of problem solvers and leaders, is core to the mission of EcoRise,” said Gina LaMotte, Founder and Executive Director of EcoRise. “We are delighted to welcome our new class of Teacher Ambassadors, whose achievements in their classrooms have impressed and inspired the EcoRise team.”


Each Teacher Ambassador is an experienced EcoRise teacher who has demonstrated a strong interest in and commitment to the EcoRise mission and core values. Throughout their year in the program, ambassadors have an important role in attending and presenting at conferences with the goal of recruiting and training new teachers to deliver sustainability education. They will provide valuable ongoing feedback to the EcoRise staff that will drive improvements to EcoRise’s curriculum and school-based program. To learn more about the EcoRise mission and school-based program, visit