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Rabbi Meir Muller Named Conservation Principal of the Year

The Conservation Principal of the Year Award is presented annually to an outstanding proponent of environmental education by the Richland SWCD. Muller will be recognized at the SWCD’s Awards Banquet on May 18th.

Rabbi Meir Muller, Principal of the Cutler Jewish Day School (CJDS) and a faculty member of the Jewish Studies Program, has been named Richland County’s 2017 Conservation Principal of the Year by the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) due to his inspiring leadership, steady support for environmental literacy, and commitment to providing opportunities for children to develop relationships with the natural world.

Thanks to Muller, children at CJDS have unique opportunities to spend time in nature. Over the course of several years, Muller has fostered the development of an extensive outdoor classroom featuring an accessible bridge and boardwalk, raised bed gardens, nature trail, play area, and an amphitheater with stump-style seating. 

Children have additional opportunities to immerse themselves in nature during an after-school “Imaginature” program facilitated by parent volunteer Michaux Shaffer, who nominated Muller for this award. “

In addition to his role at CJDS, Muller holds a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education and has served as a full-time faculty member in the College of Education at USC since 2011. Last year, he was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award by the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators for his outstanding leadership and professionalism as an educator of early childhood teachers.

Read more about Rabbi Muller and this award at this link