Each year MEEC requests principals and teachers to submit nominations for teachers and students that are most worthy of this prestigious recognition. Three educators were nominated by their principals based on their continuous and enduring contributions to environmental education, demonstrations of their capacity for creating and implementing successful environmental activities, showing creative approaches, promoting individual and societal environmental responsibility, and encouraging youth to make informed decisions about environmental issues.
It is our pleasure to announce the name of the 2008/2009 “Teacher of the Year”, Linda Hoover, Riverview Middle School in Helendale. We also select two “Teachers of Excellence”, both sharing the same contributions to EE in their classrooms. Kristina Norton, Hook Jr. High School in Victorville, and Paul Longshore, Galileo Academy 101 in Victorville. Teacher of the Year received $300.00 cash plus a beautiful plaque, and both Teachers of Excellence received $100.00 and a plaque each.
Ten Students of the Year were nominated by their teachers based on consideration of the work that the student has demonstrated in their leadership toward environmental issues and energy conservation. Students also assisted in educating their peers, school employees or community in environmental issues or conservation practices such as recycling. Each student nominated maintained an above average academic standing and displayed leadership qualities, possess good character and a good reputation among peers, and was not a disciplinary problem.
Congratulations to the following “Students of the Year”: Seyun Kim, Amargosa Creek, Lancaster; Emily Johnson, Serrano High School, Phelan; Kaitlyn Gaddis, Quartz Hills Elementary School, Quartz Hills; Ryan Peterson, Apple Valley Middle School, Apple Valley; Lucas Basulto, Barstow High School, Barstow; Cheyenne Lujan, Lucerne Valley High School, Lucerne Valley; Pedro Avila, Shadow Ridge High School, Hesperia; Marisa Ratchford, Riverview Middle School, Helendale; Elena Higuchi, Sultana High School, Hesperia, and Alex Broskoff, Antelope Valley High School, Lancaster. Each student received $60.00 cash and a $60.00 Staples gift card.
Congratulations to all our winners of this exemplary and prestigious award!