WEA awarded for ecology education; teacher wins national fellowship

Ohio Council of Community Schools (OCCS) proudly congratulates Wildwood Environmental Academy (WEA) for receiving the Eco-School of the Year Award from Lourdes University. WEA was nominated by the Science Alliance for Valuing the Environment (SAVE) for the school’s innovative ecological initiatives, which include extensive research on the benefits of recycling, and creating rain barrels and terrariums.

For winning the award, WEA will be featured in Lourdes University’s publications and will receive a certificate on May 5, 2015. 

OCCS also congratulates Laura Schetter, an environmental teacher at WEA, for being selected as one of 35 Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher fellows.

For winning the award, Ms. Schetter will embark on an 11-day Lindblad voyage aboard the National Geographic Explorer to Arctic Svalbard for a one-of-a-kind field experience, accompanied by Lindblad-National Geographic expedition experts. The expedition will provide Ms. Schetter with new and exciting knowledge to bring back to WEA and integrate into lesson plans. Before the voyage, Ms. Schetter will travel to National Geographic Society’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in hands-on workshops covering photography and outreach planning, and will have the opportunity to meet Lindblad Expeditions’ naturalists and to network with previous years’ fellows.

This year marks the ninth year of the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program, established to honor former National Geographic Society Chairman Gilbert M. Grosvenor’s lifetime commitment to geographic education.