Teaching Responsible Earth Education

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Teaching Responsible Earth Education (T.R.E.E.) provides comprehensive curriculum-based life science and earth education programs in outdoor classroom for children, parents, and teachers throughout the New Orleans metropolitan area.

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Heather Szapary, Arianne Carson, Chris Lee

Heather Szapary, Arianne Carson, Chris Lee

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Heather Szapary (Executive Director)
Heather Szapary became Executive Director of T.R.E.E. in 2013 with a solid understanding of T.R.E.E. programming and how the organization fits in our educational and environmental communities. She taught for T.R.E.E. from 1998-2000 with Founder, Sue Brown, and continued her education and career receiving a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans in 2002. Heather ran her own consulting firm focused on urban planning and proposal writing working on many government and non-profit projects. Her technical writing expertise brought her back to T.R.E.E. in 2007, when she began managing the grant program. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a Loyola University Institute for Environmental Communication Fellow, and member of the Historic District Landmark Commission.

Arianne Carson (Business Manager)
Starting in 2017, Arianne Carson is T.R.E.E.‘s Business Manager. She spent many years in arts programming with Young Audiences in New York City and as a business manager for a New Orleans area landscape architecture firm. She has a B.A. in Drama from Hofstra University and is currently an MBA candidate at Auburn University. She volunteers as Treasurer for the Benjamin Franklin High School Alumni Association which helps current students in need of extra support in their scholarly endeavors.

Chris Lee (Marketing & Development)
Chris Lee started assisting T.R.E.E. with its marketing and fundraising efforts in June 2016. He has successfully diversified T.R.E.E.‘s fundraising portfolio through creative online campaigns. His diverse background includes producing his own stage productions and events in New Orleans and Austin and working in advertising as a copywriter, strategist and trend researcher in San Diego. In Virginia, he helped manufacturers reduce their waste and convert to 100% recycled packaging with a sustainable packaging and recycling company, and he conducted grassroots fundraising under the sunny skies of Pacific Beach and on the frozen streets of Manhattan. He received a B.A. in Drama & Communications from the University of New Orleans and brings a passion for science communication, thought provocation and environmental activism to his work.


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