Beginning with the Project WILD program in the early 1980’s, Barbara Jacobs has continued to bring an element of environmental focus to her students in Remedial Reading, Special Ed, GATE, and English Language.
Barbara holds a Master’s Degree in Education, and has been a teacher for over sixteen years, the past ten of those years at Hesperia Jr. High School as a Special Education Teacher, where in 2006 she received the “Teacher of the Year” award.
Barbara’s unique approach to bringing innovative thinking to her classes prompted a team of her students to combine their ingenuity with personal experience to research and develop an idea for a wristband cell phone holder to allow hands-free functioning and portability for disabled individuals. Her team of students won the top prize-the Gold Medal and a $2,000 Savings Bonds for each student in the prestigious Christopher Columbus Awards, a nationwide program. The team was selected as one of the top eight entries in the U.S. out of more than 1,200 students and coaches that participated.
In 2007, Barbara was selected by MEEC to attend the Key Issues Institute, a national EE teacher training institute in Colorado. Most recently, Barbara was selected by MEEC to attend EnviRetreat 2007 and received a MEEC mini-grant to purchase solar cars for use in her classrooms.