Dovetail Partners Adds Director of Environmental Education

Janet Bratkovich joins the team with thirty years of education experience


(Mpls, MN) – Dovetail Partners has announced the addition of Janet Bratkovich as Director of Environmental Education.


Dovetail Partners is a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota that provides authoritative information about the impacts and trade-offs of environmental decisions, including consumption choices, land use, and policy alternatives.


Dovetail’s environmental education programs include the FREE Network, a site for teachers and students at all grade levels to learn more about forests and the management of forests (  Dovetail also markets and maintains information, publications, DVDs and videos produced by the Temperate Forest Foundation (


Janet Bratkovich brings more than thirty years of educator experience to the Director position.  Janet’s experience includes elementary education and adult learning in New Hampshire, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ohio and Minnesota. Most recently she was employed by the Anoka-Hennepin School District (Minnesota) as a 4th grade teacher specializing in science and mathematics.


“There are great opportunities to bring science and nature into the classroom and to grow the role of teachers and students in understanding natural resources,” says Bratkovich.


As a Math-Science Teacher Leader (MSTL) Janet collaborated with educators and administrators to align instructional materials and methods to Minnesota Department of Education state standards. Inquiry-based instruction was a focus of both her classroom and committee work.


Janet also has worked for the Minnesota History Center as a school programs facilitator and instructor and as a County Extension Educator (4-H) for the University of Minnesota. Volunteer activities include Literacy Training and Teaching and coordinating adult volunteers to enrich reading and high-potential school programs.


“Janet’s skills and experiences inside and outside of the classroom make her a valuable asset to the Dovetail team and our mission of being a trusted source of environmental information,” says Kathryn Fernholz, Executive Director of Dovetail Partners.


Janet’s hobbies include gardening and cooking which led to publication of her specialty mushroom cookbook, Shiitake Sampler. Janet has a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of New Hampshire and a M.Ed. in Reading from Northeastern Oklahoma State University.