2018 marks the 56th anniversary of the original publication of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, a book that is credited with "changing the world' and launching the modern environmental movement. It is also a book that has been mentioned in almost every book that the BRIT Reads Book Club has read in our two years in existence. In order to adequately explore and discuss this groundbreaking work of environmental non-fiction we have invited environmental educators, Dr. April Sawey and Michael Sawey to join us for our meeting on April 16.
April and Michael Sawey, who were college sweethearts, both earned their degrees in Biology from Texas Wesleyan University in 1994. With her newly minted degree, April began her career in education by teaching junior high science. She went on to earn her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, which led to her being an academic dean and eventually a school principal.
In 2005, April and Michael decided to return to school full time at Texas Christian University. During these years, they worked closely with Dr. Tony Burgess, one of the leading environmental visionaries of the time. Dr. Burgess was instrumental in guiding April during her pursuit of a PhD in Science Education, with an emphasis on Environmental Science, and Michael’s Master’s degree in Environmental Science.
After graduation, Dr. Sawey began work as an Educational Specialist at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT), where she oversaw Camp BRIT and various educational opportunities for students and the public. After four years at BRIT, April became the Lower School Science Specialist Fort Worth Academy. Michael joined the TCU Faculty in 2008, where he remains to this day. He teaches ‘Contemporary Issues in Biology’, a class designed for non-biology majors that focuses on current, real world issues relevant to all people.
April and Michael remain committed to increasing the public’s awareness of important environmental issues through public outreach and environmental education. They are both proud to carry on Dr. Burgess’ legacy of environmental stewardship.
About BRIT Reads Book Club (ZOOM)
If you love to read and you're passionate about botany, natural history, sustainability, and other similar topics, then join us the third Monday of each month for the BRIT Reads Book Club. This informal group meets from noon - 1 pm in the Oak Conference Room at BRIT. Bring your lunch and bring a friend and come tell us what you thought about our book of the month. No time to read but still want to hear what people have to say about a particular book? No problem! We'd love to have you!