Teacher of the Year
The Lexington Soil and Water Conservation District will recognize two local teachers, one from grades K-6 and one from grades 7-12 for their accomplishments in conservation education. These accomplishments can be either inside or outside of the classroom. The teachers selected locally will be awarded $250 each and will be entered into the statewide SCACD (South Carolina Association of Conservation Districts) competition.
Criteria to be considered is how teachers have incorporated conservation into their curriculum in the way of demonstrations, exhibits, outdoor classrooms, gardens, bulletin boards, and plantings to improve school grounds. This award is based on a well-rounded conservation program. Submissions that describe only one or two activities (i.e., recycling) will not rate as highly as those that contain a variety of conservation education activities in their curriculum.
Application forms should be submitted to the Lexington Soil and Water Conservation District at 123 Park Road, Lexington, SC 29072, by close of business (4:30 p.m.) on April 7, 2023.
A selection committee of conservation leaders will select the winning teachers to be specially recognized at the Soil & Water Conservation District’s Annual Banquet on May 4, 2023.
2022 Teacher of the Year
Angela Kruger - Beechwood Middle School
Angela Kruger, 7th grade Social Studies teacher and Project Citizen Club Sponsor at Beechwood Middle School has embraced conservation education and has inspired her Project Citizen students to create a well- rounder program that has resulted in a school garden. Through her education and inspiration, this is a student-led initiative that she facilitates and supports. The school garden and lessons that Mrs. Kruger facilitates and that students research provide our students an excellent opportunity to reinforce concepts of the water cycle and water conservation, composting and nutrient cycles, plat/food production, and plant & floral resources that can attract beneficial pollinators and insects in a real-life setting.
Photos courtesy of Charlotte Jennings