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Rockwood teacher earns Presidential Innovation Award

Rockwood Summit High School science teacher Darrin Peters has won the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. He was one of only 17 educators from around the country to be recognized.

The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. It is sponsored by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency.

According to the EPA website “Peters developed an innovative curriculum that provides students at Rockwood Summit High the opportunity to learn about renewable fuel. The project challenges students to conduct web research, design experiments, and produce usable biodiesel.”

Teacher awardees receive a commemorative plaque and an award of $2,000 to be used to further the recipient’s professional development in environmental education. The teacher’s local education agency also receives an award of $2,000 to fund environmental educational activities and programs of the teacher.

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