Thirty-six area elementary school teachers recently attended an Early Elementary Environmental Education professional development summer institute at Missouri State University-West Plains to learn new hands-on projects they can use to teach students in kindergarten through fourth grade about environmental science. The institute, led by representatives from the Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri State University College of Education in Springfield and Missouri State Outreach Teacher Education Completion Program in West Plains, was made possible with funding from an Improving Teacher Quaility Grant through the Missouri Department of Higher Education. First row from left: Angela Nicholson, Birch Tree Elementary; Candra Goodchild, Mtn. View Elementary; Rona Williams, Ripley County R-3 (Gatewood); Suzette Moss, Bakersfield; Tammy Carey, Tracy Robinson and Brenda Shrader, all of Koshkonong; and project co-director Diana Thomas. Second row: Kelly Allen, Dora; Angela Nuckles, Norwood; project director Jill Black; Tiffanie Bryant, Richards; Gloria Crewse and Colleen Mabe, both of Willow Springs; Rosie Gunter, Skyline; Donna Weaver and Sabrina Reese, both of Mtn. View Elementary; Robin Hunsperger, Thayer; Tammy Dorton, Couch; Doni Coonts, Skyline; Christy Robertson, Mtn. View Elementary; and Katie Vivod, Skyline. Back row: Theresa Wiggs, Koshkonong; Jodi Watson and Amber Galiher, both of West Plains Elementary; Amber Squires, Richards; Lori Colbert and Amy Gailey, both of Bakersfield; Kelly Wardle and Jessica Bunch, both of Willow Springs; Cody Belt, Richards; Richard Mabe, Mountain Grove; Ryan Bunch, Willow Springs; and Kimberly Quinn, Mtn. View Elementary. Also attending were Karen Hunt, West Plains Elementary; DeAnn Sellers, Junction Hill; and project co-director Jane Ward. (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)
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