Biography

Edith with Japanese MapleThe resources you’ll find here have been developed by Edith Pucci Couchman.  Edith has been teaching about the visual arts and environmental science for over twenty-five years Southern New Hampshire and North Central Massachusetts, in settings ranging from Nature and Arts Centers to public, independent, and Catholic  schools.  Most of her teaching has been with students aged 5 to 12, however she has also designed classes for three-year-olds (with their parents or caregivers) as well as programs on Natural History and Introductory Drawing for adults.  She is blessed to be the mother of two wonderful young people.

Edith’s educational preparation includes a B.S. in General Science with Distinction from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.  She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  She pursued graduate studies in Environmental Education leading to formal teaching certification in Elementary and Science Education for students in grades K to 9.  She has participated in the Cooperative and Organic Food Movements since her university days.  She has also worked as a graphic artist, cartographer, and independent painter with artworks in numerous private collections.

Mrs. Couchman has been honored to receive the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire’s 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award, the 2014 Hillsborough County Conservation District’s Teacher of the Year Award, and 2017 NH Excellence in S.T.E.M. Teaching Award (Grammar School level) from the Joint Committee of NH Engineering Associations.  Her fifth article for the Canadian environmental magazine “Green Teacher” has just been published in the Winter 2018 edition.  She has presented workshops at state, regional, and national conferences for organizations including The National Art Education Association and the New England Environmental Educators Alliance.  Her artwork has been exhibited in venues including the U. of Wisconsin’s Arboretum in Madison, WI, the Springfield Museum of Art in Springfield, MA, the Sharon Arts Center and the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough, NH, as well as the Anne Marie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center in Solomons, Maryland.

By sharing these activity pages, notes, and photographs, Edith hopes to offer a few ideas and practical support to those of you who are also teachers – whether in your homes or in “informal” or formal educational settings.  She thoroughly believes in the vital importance of cultivating within new generations a love and understanding of our sacred and complex planet.  In this way, young people will be better equipped to contribute positively to the restoration of a more joyful, healthy, and flourishing Earth Community.