NORTHVIEW ENVIROMENTAL TEACHER WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
Northview Environmental Science teacher, Michelle Bogue, received the 2015 Conservation Educator of the Year award from the Lucas Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) for her work with students in the field of environmental science. She has facilitated work with students on:
– running the school’s recycling program at Northview – started with paper then added bottles with the help of Keep Toledo Lucas County Beautiful (KTLCB)
– collection of data from the Ten Mile Creek as part of the Toledo Metropolitan Council of Government’s (TMACOG) NW Ohio Student Watershed Watch Program for the past 18 years
– mentoring teams of students to participate in the OFSWCD’s Area 1 Envirothon each year; and
– helping students prepare research projects for the District and State Science Fair competitions for the past 8 years
Additionally, Michelle has been working with the Green Ribbon Initiative giving input for lesson plans about the Oak Openings Region. And for the past 7 years, she has been working with The University of Toledo & National Science Foundation in a Land Lake Ecology collaboration, bringing Graduate Fellows into the classroom to work with her students on research and ecology issues in the area.
Michelle has often invited the Lucas SWCD to her classroom for presentations about groundwater, Shades of Green, Enviroscape and Trees Are Terrific. It is very evident Michelle cares that her students not only understand environmental issues, but that they also have the skills to apply these principles to decision-making in their daily lives..
Michelle has been teaching for 21 years; 18 of those years as part of the Northview staff. She started her education career at the Toledo Public Schools in the Floriculture /Greenhouse Management Program of the now Natural Science Technology Center. Congratulations on a job well done, stated the Lucas SWCD staff!