Morgan Lombardo, a sixth grade science teacher at Clover Middle School, has been named the 2012 Conservation Teacher of the Year by the York Soil and Water Conservation District and York County Farm Bureau.
The honor was announced at last week’s Partners in Conservation and Agriculture Dinner.
Clover School District spokesman Mychal Frost says Lombardo has been the coach of the Recycling and Garden Club at her school for 4 years and has spearheaded the development of a memorial garden on campus to supplement the sixth grade plant lessons.
Over the past year, she has received grants and community support to expand the garden into an outdoor classroom complete with garden shed, pergola, raised planting beds, mini-wetland , cafeteria waste composting site and a covered classroom area.
Additionally, she worked with York Soil and Water Conservation District to become part of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network by recording daily rainfall data as part of the sixth grade weather studies.
She received the Conservation District’s Arbor Day tree grant and coordinated an Arbor Day program and tree planting ceremony in the garden. All outdoor classroom amenities were designed, built and maintained by students and are being used for interdisciplinary lessons by all grade levels.
These lessons have enhanced the real-life curriculum connections for students at Clover Middle School and Clover High School.
In 2011-2012, she was selected by her peers as the Clover Middle School Teacher of the Year.