Receiving the prestigious Presidential Award validates the importance of incorporating critical thinking, problem solving, systems thinking, and project-based learning in high-level, real-world, rigorous curricula. It reaffirms the importance of educating students to take an active role in protecting our environment. It honors my passion for teaching environmental education, challenges me to continue educating others, and makes me proud to have followed in the footsteps of my educator parents.
Nancy McClintock, an educator for 26 years, taught grade four gifted education for the past 18 years at the Center for Creative Learning in Rockwood School District. She developed and taught a semester-long unit titled SPLASH! (Students Problem Solving and Learning through Aquatic Systems and Human Interaction) investigating current aquatic issues and created elective courses about climate change, wolf reintroduction, foodborne illness, hazardous waste, and marine overfishing. Previously, she taught grades two and four at Hancock Place. Nancy retired in June 2015.
Nancy received the esteemed Rockwood Outstanding Service Award. She was elementary teacher of the year, team leader, and involved in professional development. Nancy presented at local, state, and national conferences focusing on environmental education. As a recipient of several scholarships and grants, Nancy and her students created an outdoor classroom and implemented recycling and composting programs. She conducted soil and water research in the Ecuadorian rainforest with middle school students and was a NOAA Teacher at Sea.
Nancy has a B.A. in psychology and elementary education from Washington University in St. Louis and a M.Ed. from the University of Missouri in St. Louis. She holds certification in elementary education, reading, and gifted education. She is a National Board Certified Middle School Generalist.