Teacher Gets Award from White House
Dillon, Naomi, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Naomi Dillon Daily Herald Staff Writer
Add another award to the long list Dundee-Crown High School teacher Gary Swick has accrued in the past few years.
And this one comes straight from the White House.
Swick is one of 37 environmental educators in the United States who have been given the first professional development award by the President's Council on Environmental Quality, in partnership with the National Environmental Education & Training Foundation.
The awards "spotlight teachers who use environmental-based teaching methods to help children learn in a variety of schools and settings."
Swick's hands-on method of teaching, and in particular, the collaborative efforts of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, village and county officials he spearheaded to study drinking water threats - which eventually resulted in the adoption of a local water ordinance - were the main reasons for his latest accolade.
Nominations were received from all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories and countries where U.S. military bases are stationed, but the list of those eligible was whittled down to 37 individuals, foundation spokeswoman Nancy Light said.
"I think the one thing all of the winners have in common is that they are all unique teachers who are extremely creative and dedicated to protecting the earth's resources," she said.
Though the foundation was chartered by Congress a decade ago, Light said this is the inaugural presentation of the awards because all of the pieces, namely funding, weren't in place before. …