Conservation Teacher of the Year

Posted Online: Aug. 13, 2014, 3:26 pm
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Press release submitted by Rock Island County Soil & Water Conservation District

Nancy Wolber is Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District's 2014 Conservation Teacher of the Year. Nancy teaches Global Biology (Environmental Science) at Rock Island High School. Nancy also sponsors the Environmental Action Club at Rock Island High School.
Nancy's commitment to conservation, professional development, and education is admirable. Nancy takes learning outside the classroom by offering her students and club members many opportunities to participate in hands-on learning and environmental stewardship activities. These experiences can truly transform the way students view the environment. Nancy said, "I start the year off with a chance for students to volunteer at the XStream Clean-up sponsored by Living Lands and Waters. Typically I get between 50—70 students involved in this event. Many...find out they can have a good time helping to clean up the area that they live in if they just give it a try. Many sign up the next year or even after they graduate because they enjoyed it so much."
This is just one example of Nancy taking learning outside the traditional classroom setting. "Nancy is not only teaching her students about the environment,but she is providing a crucial part of her students' education and preparation for real-life," praised Marilyn Andress, Volunteer Coordinator for RiverBendWildland Stewards.

"Nancy's efforts and dedication to our Environmental Action Club are truly remarkable", wrote Principal Wernentin in his letter of recommendation for the award. Nancy's passion for the environment is very clear, but so is her passion for the students. Mr. Wernentin also wrote, "Students know Mrs. Wolber is an advocate for them and will work tirelessly for their success."

Rock Island County SWCD is proud and thankful to have teachers like Nancy to share the message of conservation with the next generation.


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  Today is Tuesday, Sept, 30, the 273rd day of 2014. There are 92 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: The ARGUS Boys are very anxious to attend the great Democratic mass meeting tomorrow and we shall therefore, print no paper on the day.
1889 — 125 years ago: H.J. Lowery resigned from his position as manager at the Harper House.
1914 — 100 years ago: Curtis & Simonson was the name of a new legal partnership formed by two younger members of the Rock Island County Bar. Hugh Cyrtis and Devore Simonson..
1939 — 75 years ago: Harry Grell, deputy county clerk was named county recorder to fill the vacancy caused by a resignation.
1964 — 50 years ago: A new world wide reader insurance service program offering around the clock accident protection for Argus subscribers and their families is announced today.
1989 — 25 years ago: Tomato plant and other sensitive greenery may have had a hard time surviving overnight as temperatures neared the freezing point.

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