About Mrs. Couchman.....
For over twenty years, Edith Pucci Couchman has been teaching art and environmental science
in Southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts. As an educator working for organizations such
as Beaver Brook Association, Fruitlands Museums and the Sharon Arts Association, she has
been developing a variety of methods and projects for teaching the visual arts while also
enhancing children’s appreciation of the world of nature. This school year, she is concentrating
on a very integrated science and art program (STREAM ~ science, technology, religion, art and
math) here at Infant Jesus School. The school's gardens play a very important role in this
curriculum and in students' hands-on, outdoor learning.
Edith has a B. S. in General Science, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Iowa. She is certified as a teacher of both
Elementary Education and General Science through grade 9 in the state of New Hampshire. She has worked as a scientific
illustrator and portrait artist. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield, MA,
The University of Wisconsin Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin, the Children’s Museum in Portsmouth, NH, and as part of
the Sharon Arts Center's Faculty Exhibit in Peterborough, NH. Over the past decade, two of her paintings have been chosen
for the "Artists of the Seacoast Calendar" for "Families First" in Portsmouth. This fall, one of her paintings was selected
for a juried exhibit at Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate, located in Dowell (Solomons),
Maryland. The exhibit, titled “From Marbles to Minecraft,” runs from October 28 through January 16, 2017. It “explores and
celebrates the broad spectrum of game history, development, and innovation.” Mrs. Couchman's oil painting is a depiction of
a whirling circle game. She has also published five articles in the Canadian environmental education journal, "Green Teacher,"
most recently in Winter 2018. These articles describe active, outdoor games and / or art projects that can be useful
for transmitting natural history information and biological concepts to youngsters.
Edith was the 2012 Volunteer of the Year for the Northeast Organic Farming Association - New Hampshire, and the
Hillsborough County Conservation District's 2014 Conservation Teacher of the Year. She was the recipient of the 2017
New Hampshire S.T.E.M. Excellence in Teaching Award (grammar school level). Such recognition was only possible because
of the wonderfully supportive Infant Jesus School faculty, administration, and learning community in general with whom she's
been privileged to collaborate in the evolution of the school's gardening and STREAM programs.