The NV Energy Foundation has provided Envirolution with an $8,000 grant. The funding will provide more classroom materials, updated curriculum and ongoing support, allowing these teachers to reach more students with the engaging STEM lessons. This follows a $7,000 grant by the NV Energy Foundation last January. “NV Energy is proud to help support Envirolution and its Project ReCharge program,” said Mary Simmons, NV Energy’s Vice President of Business Development and Community Strategy. “The program helps keep students engaged in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and will help students and teachers alike be successful.”Read More →

The funding will be used to support the Professional Development of 20 Project ReCharge STEM teachers for the 2018-2019 school year and to supply them with necessary classroom curriculum and materials needed for a successful year. “The NGOE is pleased to be a partner in Project ReCharge. It is exciting to see and assist in promoting the development of young leaders in the energy industry!” Vanessa Robertson, Executive Director for Envirolution said, “Each year, we rely upon strategic funding partners to help us support the many teachers in the state that provide STEM education. Project ReCharge provides curriculum that meets state and federal teaching standardsRead More →

Linda Hixenbaugh is a Project ReCharge teacher at Carson High School. She teaches 9-12 grade environmental science and biology and has been teaching for 27 years. Her favorite pastimes are hiking, photography, painting, and advocating for the environment. Linda began her love for teaching in kindergarten, when helping her younger sister learn to read and she realized later in life that she felt happy when she could see a student understand a concept. If Linda won the lottery, she would spend the money on missions to help the environment. Linda promotes sustainability by recycling, both at home and at school, and reusing plastic bottles. SheRead More →

Athena Klock is a Project ReCharge teacher at Pine Middle School.  She teaches 7th grade integrated science and 7/8 integrated math and has been teaching for 13 years.  She and her spouse have a 10 year old son and she enjoys cooking, reading, and taking hikes. Athena’s favorite part of teaching is definitely the kids, especially when they understand a concept.  She was inspired to teach because of her want to see that children of low socioeconomic status or of different races get an equal opportunity to education. She discovered she wanting to be a teacher after spending five years working as a scientist andRead More →

Peggy Merrell is a Project ReCharge teacher at Dayton High School. She teaches all grade levels of biology and environmental science. Peggy’s favorite part of teaching is when students “get it” and everything falls into place. If Peggy won the lottery, she would travel the world. Peggy promotes sustainability by using reusable grocery bags she keeps in her car, and she recycles her water bottles for use in school labs. She is learning more about sustainability through online courses and has attended several environmental conferences. She plans to conduct trash audits with her classes in the future.Read More →

The Nevada Department of Education Math/Science Partnership Grant funded (NNEETTI) supported the expansion of Project ReCharge into: 2 new school districts, 11 new schools, 28 new teachers, 2,800 hours of PD, $37k in classroom resources and 1,981 students! Vanessa Robertson, Executive Director for Envirolution said “Project ReCharge is building momentum that will soon enable expansion across the state. Each year, we meet a new group of amazing STEM teachers who are dedicated to their students and this makes it even more delightful to provide them with curriculum and resources that meet STEM education standards.” Read more in Envirolution’s June newsletter.Read More →

Marie Smith did excellent work preparing her HS students to propose energy improvements at Sparks High School as part of Project ReCharge. Their proposal to to replace light fixtures with LEDs is being funded!   Marie teaches Earth Science at Sparks High. Her favorite part of teaching is that it is a new challenge every day. Marie was inspired to become an educator after taking a college class teaching younger grades about agriculture. “My professors told me that I had a knack for teaching.”  Marie has a tradition of starting off the first day of each school year with a lab.   Marie promotes sustainabilityRead More →

Nathan Shremshock is a Project ReCharge teacher at Eagle Valley Middle School. He teaches 7th and 8th grade science, and this is his second year as a full-time teacher, previously working as a backpacking guide. During his free time, he enjoys skiing, mountain biking and fly fishing. Nathan’s favorite part of teaching is the ability to talk about science all of the time, especially when he can see the concepts “click” with his students. Nathan promotes sustainability by making informed shopping choices, buying from sustainable companies and preferring local products, especially for food.Read More →