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Mr. Ken Zepp

Empowering students through environmental outdoor experiences that connect them with the natural world and equip them with the knowledge, skills and motivation to make responsible environmental decisions is what staff at Arlington Echo strive to achieve every day. But that cannot happen without a strong volunteer force dedicated to the same mission.

Today, the Board of Education is thrilled to honor one of the centers many volunteers, Mr. Ken Zepp, as our May 2021 Volunteer of the Month.

A loyal and hardworking volunteer for over five years, Mr. Zepp’s passion for sharing his love for the outdoors is remarkable. Teacher Specialist Ted Hall shared “Ken spends most of his days canoeing at the waterfront. When his not canoeing there is no telling what lesson he will be teaching. He knows most of the lessons we offer by heart. He goes beyond just teaching the lesson. He works to make all the students feel they are important. He takes the lessons and gives them the Ken touch, adding fun and enthusiasm to each lesson he teaches. He is selfless in his desire to bring the love of nature to the children of Anne Arundel County.” Volunteer Coordinator Rachel Pierson agrees. “I have greatly enjoyed hearing Ken’s stories about his experiences teaching kindergarteners and fourth graders. It is clear that he truly loves being one of our volunteers and he genuinely cannot wait until the day we have students on site again.”

Described by Teacher Specialist Sheen Goldberg as “adaptive, dependable and fun,” Mr. Zepp is not only a gifted teacher, he is also an all around fix it man for Arlington Echo. Teachers Specialist Jessica Lechert shared “I’ve found Ken fixing things around campus on his own time.” And Ted Hall concurred. “One day, when Ken was teaching a lesson on microorganisms, he noticed the pully we used to pull up oysters was broken. During lunch -- without being asked to do so -- Ken picked up a new pully and replaced the old broken one before the next lesson.”

Mr. Zepp, you are a great asset to Arlington Echo Environment Literacy and Outdoor Education Center and the entire Anne Arundel County Public Schools family, and we thank you for your service. Please accept the Volunteer of the Month bell and certificate as a symbol of our appreciation.

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