Amity Sandage, Santa Cruz County Office of Education
Amity Sandage is the environmental literacy coordinator for Santa Cruz County Office of Education, leading a countywide effort to build environmental literacy of all students in the community. Amity works to increase K–12 student access to experiential, field-based environmental education and to support teachers in using local environmental connections to add civic engagement and relevancy to core instruction. She served as a regional coordinator for the California Department of Education’s California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network; director of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Pre-college Science Initiative program; and director of BioSITE (Students Investigating Their Environment), a watershed monitoring and cross-age teaching program serving youth underrepresented in STEM fields. As a graduate of Pitzer College she focused on environmental studies, anthropology, inquiry-based science program development and the integration of school and community-based education programs.