Kathy Rusert, science teacher at Acorn High School of the Ouachita River School District, says that she is committed to helping students become good stewards of our environment. She helped the school obtain a 15 acre outdoor classroom on campus with natural walking trails through paths with large stones which contain information identifying trees and places for visitors to sit. Pre-K through 12th grade students frequent the area which is also open to the public. It also contains a large gazebo for class groups, a shaded wildflower garden, bird blind tracking boxes, a pond and a natural spring.
Students and other teachers are taught ways to incorporate math, literacy, science, physical education, music, art, and social studies activities through the use and understanding of nature. Students especially enjoy Wild Wednesdays as they learn about various aspects of science and nature.
Mrs. Rusert is a wonderful example of a teacher dedicated to helping students discover science through practical, real-world experiences. AREA applauds her and Acorn High School for recognizing that learning the love of a subject comes from experiencing it first hand.