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.


Local events heading

  Today is Sunday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2014. There are 101 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We hear that Col. Reynolds has employed C.D. Merrill to drill for water to supply the Rock Island Barracks.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Billy Catton, famous billard player, returned to Rock Island with a view to making this city his home in the future.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The belief is growing that a great decisive battle of the World War was being fought at Verdun, a strong fortress of France on the Meuse near the French frontier, according to a London dispatch.
1939 -- 75 years ago: William Stremmel, 91, Rock Island's last Civil War veteran, died.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Workmen of the Midwest Wrecking Co., Clinton, have begun razing the historic old office building of Deere & Co., 1325 3rd Ave., Moline. The site will be used by the Deere Plow Works for its shipping and receiving department.
1989 -- 25 years ago: East Moline developer Jim Massa says the financial package for the proposed $34.5 million Quad City International Motor Speedway is down to making sure "all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed. Finalizing this will give the green light to see if NASCAR and CART, the auto racing sanctioning bodies, approve race dates.

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