Award for Excellence in Soil and Water Education
Ohio Teacher of the Year Program
The purpose of this award is to recognize the outstanding soil and water conservation education efforts of Ohio's classroom teachers.
Elementary (grades K-6) and secondary (grades 7-12) teachers will be recognized in separate categories. All teachers in public, parochial, and private schools in Ohio are eligible to participate in the program according to the following criteria:
- Educators must be actively teaching full time in the classroom and be personally responsible for developing a conservation education program.
- A candidate's nomination must be endorsed by the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in the county in which s/he is teaching.
- SWCD supervisors are not eligible, but associate supervisors may compete.
- Team entries are eligible, but awards will be made only to the designated team leader.
- Educators who have won an Ohio Teacher of the Year award in the past five years are not eligible to compete.
The winning applicants in each category (elementary and secondary) will receive a $300 cash award and plaque, which will be presented at the OFSWCD Annual Meeting held in February, 2013.
The awards program is coordinated by the Ohio Department of Natural
Resources (ODNR) Division of Soil and Water Resources and co-sponsored by the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Nomination forms can be obtained from the link below. They must be returned by November 30 to ODNR Division of Soil and Water Resources, 2045 Morse Road, B-3, Columbus, OH 43229.