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ROB WEBER 2019 OUTSTANDING
EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

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The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) would like to announce the 2019 Outstanding Conservation Educator of the Year, Rob Weber.
Each year, PCSWCD honors an educator working in the county with the Outstanding Conservation Educator of the Year award. The selection is made by awarding an educator’s dedication to fostering students’ learning and understanding of natural resource ecology and implementation of related curriculum in Piscataquis County. This year, the PCSWCD staff and board of supervisors will honor Rob Weber, Physics and Chemistry teacher from Foxcroft Academy.
Rob started his teaching career at FA thirteen years ago with a focus on biology and chemistry. Since then, Rob has been active in teaching high school students best practices on how to be stewards of the land and sharing an appreciation of what Piscataquis County has to offer. Rob has a love of fishing, exploring the outdoors and cross country skiing, and has successfully been able to incorporate these passions into his science classes with applicable  hands-on experiences. Studying the differences between native and stocked trout with anatomy and physiology students, field trips to Common Ground Fair, skiing trips to AMC’s Little Lyford, and mapping climate change on campus are just a few ways Rob has incorporated conservation into his science classes.
Rob has actively been involved with PCSWCD by volunteering as a chaperone and fishing guide for the Teen Wilderness Expedition, a program partnering with Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). In 2017, Rob had graduating seniors visit the Law Farm, PCSWCD’s public land, assisting UMaine and The American Chestnut Foundation with the most northern germplasm trial of American Chestnut trees in the United States. He has continued to have science classes monitor and report tree growth from this trial. Rob has also supported AMC in development of a new Climate Change curriculum last fall with coursework ranging from forest ecology, leadership development and weather. It is clear that Rob finds teachable moments within the natural environment and the importance for children to be exposed to the outdoors all while learning and experiencing science. “When the scenery changes, you’re doing your kids a favor,” Weber says.
The award ceremony will be on Wednesday, May 15th at 10:45 AM at Foxcroft Academy to celebrate our 2019 Outstanding Conservation Educator of the Year.  If you have any questions regarding this award or other PCSWCD events contact (207) 564-2321 ext. 3, visit www.piscataquisswcd.org and facebook or contact info@piscataquisswcd.org.