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Baldwin named WCSWCD Educator of Year

Posted on: August 25, 2016

Teacher Stephanie Baldwin (middle back) and her class

A Little Miami educator’s ongoing efforts to teach her students about the wonders of nature have garnered her countywide recognition.

Stephanie Baldwin, a sixth grade teacher at Little Miami Intermediate School, was recently named the Conservation Educator of the Year by the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Baldwin has twice been awarded grants from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to establish Wild School Sites on the grounds of Little Miami Intermediate School and Little Miami Junior High. This year, her students worked with the Cincinnati Nature Center to create a monarch way station at LMIS. Her students planned and then planted native flowering plants as well as milkweed to attract monarch butterflies to the school yard. Students observed monarchs from egg to butterfly and studied their migration.

Marta J. Farrell, education specialist with the conservation district, said her organization was pleased to be able to recognize Baldwin.

“Her passion for conservation and teaching shines day to day and in her many accomplishments,” she said. “We wish to thank Mrs. Baldwin and all teachers for their hard work and dedication.”

Whether it is taking students to test water quality of the Little Miami River, observing bird behavior with her after-school bird watching course or cataloging species found on school grounds, Baldwin likes to take her students outside. This school year, she plans to continue her environmental education efforts by certifying a part of the grounds at Little Miami Intermediate School as a wildlife habitat in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation.

"I really enjoy getting outside and connecting kids with nature when teaching environmental science,” Baldwin said. “The news and our texts can make environmental problems seem overwhelming, but it is rewarding for me to show students simple things they can do in their own community to make a difference."