Teacher recognized for focus on conservation

Greenfield Elementary School third-grade teacher Rachel Lunan Hill was selected as this year’s Hillsborough County Conservation District Teacher of the year.

Hill coordinates the school’s multi-year theme of “Reverence of Place.” This year, each grade level is responsible for observing a particular type of tree on the property and noting how it changes with the seasons. Students note the environmental conditions around their tree and are becoming quite detailed observers.

The students have drawn their trees and the drawings will be incorporated into a mosaic mural to be completed with an artist-in-residence for permanent display in the school.

Hill also began a school compost pile and has her third grade students run a school-wide recycling program. Her students are learning what is and is not recyclable.

She was nominated by her principal, Dr. Noreen McAloon. Her mother, Carol Lunan, and Dr. ‘Mac’ accepted the award on her behalf from Kerry Rickrode, the HCCD District Manager. Hill credits her mother with her love of conservation.

She also provides a nature based summer program for 4-year-olds each year with her mother in addition to her work with conservation during the school year.

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