Columbia, SC—Victoria “Ranger Vikki” Pasco, K-5 science lab teacher at Catawba Trail Elementary School in Richland County School District Two, has been named the South Carolina 2012 Teacher of the Year by the South Carolina Association of Conservation Districts (SCACD). SCACD seeks to recognize teachers who exhibit an outstanding commitment to conservation education.
Mrs. Pasco believes “environmental education is critical to creating good stewards of our natural resources, and the best way to develop good stewardship is by creating a connection between children and our natural world.” To that end, Ms. Pasco integrates Project Learning Tree, Project Wild, and Green Steps curricula into her teaching and coordinates a Trout in the Classroom project, school recycling and composting initiatives, and various experiential learning opportunities for her students. As a certified Teacher-Ranger-Teacher, she also leads field experiences for her students at Congaree National Park. Last spring, Mrs. Pasco was recognized as the Richland County Conservation Teacher of the Year by the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District.
The SCACD will recognize Mrs. Pasco with a cash award and an honorary plaque at the SCACD
Partnership Conference on February 26.
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