OHS Teacher Named Missouri Conservation Educator of the Year
The Conservation Federation of Missouri named Rebekah Jenkins, science teacher at Ozark High School, 2019 Missouri Conservation Educator of the Year at a March 6 awards ceremony in Jefferson City.
“I was very humbled to be honored in this way because so many people I work with take part in conservation education,” Jenkins said.
The Conservation Federation of Missouri Awards Ceremony honors individuals, organizations and businesses working to conserve wildlife and natural resources.
Aside from teaching various science classes, Jenkins sponsors the OHS Science Club and Science Olympiad Team, and created the Ozark Stream Team seven years ago. Outside of school, she also serves as the co-director for the Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems (GLADE), which is an environmental leadership summer camp put on by Missouri State University and the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society.
“I am blessed to have gotten to know Greg Swick and the GOAS program, and be a part of the GLADE academy for students,” Jenkins said. “Sponsoring Science Club at the high school has also offered so many opportunities to engage in conservation actions. The vital parts of our program are the actual students, whose passion is visualized while serving together. The students make it truly valuable and we learn and grow together.”
Brooke Widmar, a 2015 OHS graduate, said Jenkins has been an inspiration to her and other students through the years.
“I feel very lucky that I got to have her as a teacher and mentor through high school, and still a role model and friend to this day,” Widmar said. “She was a huge influence in my college and career decisions, and I love that we still get to work together on stream team. I know of no one more deserving of this award.”