LINCOLN - Alcona agriscience teacher and FFA adviser Brian Matchett received another state honor this month, this time from the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education, for his educational endeavors in and out of the classroom.
Seven months after the Michigan Farm Bureau named him 2012 Educator of the Year, Matchett received an MAEOE Appreciation Award at a conference in Cadillac on Oct. 13 for bringing "real world stewardship learning to students through partnerships with conservation organizations, resource agencies and businesses," according to a press release from MSU Extension.
Matchett said MAEOE gives several awards every year, including three Appreciation Awards, to teachers throughout the state for community, classroom, and professional work in environmental education. He was nominated by Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative coordinator Nick Meyers for work with GLSI and various projects at Alcona schools, including a Negwegon State Park project, water testing lessons, and teacher training.
"A lot of the nomination was based around my involvement, and the students' involvement, with developing interpretive signs for Negwegon State Park," Matchett said. "Also for the water testing and river sampling that we do with my classes each year, with recognition for my work with environmental science in that way, and then also, this past summer I was the lead facilitator for the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative's summer teachers institute."
Matchett took 10 Alcona FFA students to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis today to attend career shows, hear from presenters, participate in convention activities and compete against the top teams in the country in the parliamentary procedure event, for which the team won first place at the state competition in March. Preparing for the three-day convention, he said the MAEOE award was encouraging.
"It's neat to see that recognized on a state level, and it was a very nice honor to receive the award from an association that involves environmental educators from across the state," Matchett said. "It was neat to see another one of Alcona's programs get highlighted on a state level."
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