Boardman Advanced Biology Teacher Heather Moran was awarded “Teacher of the Year” by the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The Award was presented in Columbus February 25, during the OFSWCD annual statewide Convention.
Ms. Moran has been teaching science at Boardman Local Schools for 18 years and has served as advisor and coach to BHS Envirothon Club for nearly a decade. This past summer, she escorted a group of 17 Boardman High Students on a trip to Iceland. Their adventures included navigating the glacier named Solheimajokull and diving between diverging tectonic plates.
The Mahoning County Soil and Water District nominated Moran, calling her an “enthusiastic” teacher who shows her students a diverse selection of environmental issues such as water quality, how to sustainably feed people, wildlife management and forestry. Her students’ most recent accomplishment was earning first place at the 2019 Annual Northeast Ohio Area 2 Envirothon Competition.
“Out of 88 counties, and the numerous schools within those counties that the SWCDs work with, Ms. Moran was singled out as the Teacher of the Year,” said Kathleen Marie Vrable Bryan, District Administrator of Mahoning SWCD. “Ms. Moran devotes herself to make sure her students fully understand and appreciate our environment.”
Kathleen Vrable Bryan from Mahoning County Soil and Water Conservation District nominated Ms. Moran for the Teacher of the Year Award. BCIS science teacher Megan Turillo accompanied Ms. Moran and they had the opportunity to talk with environmental leaders from across the state who attended the convention.