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Granville High School teacher wins state science honor

Granville High School teacher wins state science honor

A Licking County educator described as a standout and passionate teacher in his discipline is the winner of the Outstanding Educator in the Field of Formal Environmental Science Award from the Environmental Education Council of Ohio.

That would be Jim Reding, an ecology and environmental science teacher at Granville High School.

“I was absolutely surprised,” Reding said. “They were able to pull it off without me knowing.”

The award is given, according to the EECO web site, to a preschool, elementary, middle school, high school or college teacher, administrator or curriculum specialist for outstanding contributions to environmental education in Ohio.

Reding was nominated for the award by Brent Sodergren of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and Denise Brooks of the Licking Soil & Water Conservation District.

“He’s a stand-out educator in our county,” Brooks said. “He goes above and beyond the classroom and turns experiences outside of the classroom into really impactful learning opportunities.”

Matt Durst, Granville High School Principal, said Reding certainly deserves the award.

“What a great honor for a teacher who truly deserves it!” Durst emailed. “Jim is so dedicated and passionate, and it is nice to see him recognized with this award. His time and commitment to his students has led to creative projects like the organic garden at the high school and the land lab at the intermediate school. It is not an overstatement to say that Jim lives and breathes the subject he teaches.”

Reding won the honor for his large body of work. He has been an active environmentalist for years. Among other things he’s been running the recycling program at the high school and the sustainable garden program during the summer and throughout the school year.

His Envirothon teams made it to the state level several times. He’s been instrumental in the installation of the new wetlands at Dawes Arboretum. And he oversees the work at the new Land Lab at Granville Intermediate School.

“We’ve got four wetlands out there, we’ve got prairies, we’ve got hardwood trees that we’ve planted, we’ve got early successional forests that we’ve planted, and we just did a burn so we can get that planted,” Reding said. “We just started Phase 2, which will put (the lab) over 50 acres.”

Reding was presented a glass plaque (made with recycled glass) in early April at a banquet at Maumee Bay State Park.

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Source: Newark Advocate

By:         Drew Bracken 12:08 a.m. EDT April 29, 2015

LINK: http://www.newarkadvocate.com/story/news/local/granville/2015/04/29/environmental-education-council-ohio-granville-high-school-jim-reding/26505345/

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