Burton Elementary School sixth-grade science and social studies teacher, Amy Hochschild, was recently named the 2018 Conservation Teacher of the Year by the Geauga Soil Water Conservation District for her exemplary efforts and dedication to conservation education. Mrs. Hochschild, who has taught in the Berkshire Local Schools for 28 years, was honored for her instruction inside and outside the classroom. Described by the Geauga SWCD as worthy of this recognition “…not just for the content of her lessons that she covers within her classroom, but also for the way she nurtures challenge and character with her students outside the classroom walls.” Mrs. Hochschild is extremely supportive of her students, and routinely engages with them for various creative, fun and instructional experiences, projects and activities. In doing so, she considers herself still learning and taking risks as an educator for the educational benefit of her students. During the presentation by the GeaugaSWCD, several of the dynamic learning opportunities and accomplishments developed over the years by Mrs. Hochschild were shared. Those included her creation of a land lab at the former Claridon Elementary School, coordinating Burton Elementary School’s Sixth Grade Camp, serving as the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) Club advisor at the school with more than 50 participants, in addition to being the Science Olympiad advisor. To further align with the District’s commitment to Project Based Learning, Mrs. Hochschild has even developed a hands-on soil unit, where students will work with local farmers and community members to improve soil quality in the area. The Berkshire Local Schools formally congratulates Mrs. Amy Hochschild for her educational passion and for helping to enable students to reach their fullest potential as responsible and independent learners.