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13-Aug-2013 (HCS) - Gwin Elementary School teacher Mrs. Traci Knight Ingleright has been named the 2013 Conservation Educator of the Year by the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF).  

The announcement came a few days back during the Alabama Wildlife Federation's Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards ceremony, the most prestigious annual conservation awards ceremony in Alabama.

"Mrs. Ingleright's passion for conservation is bold and inspiring. As a teacher, that passion fuels her commitment to encourage her students to be the best they can be and to become the next generation of natural resource stewards," AWF stated.

Throughout her career, Ingleright has participated in a variety of state and national endeavors and organizations that are both an extension of her conservation ethic and an investment in being the best she can be as an educator. She has served on the Alabama Environmental Literacy Plan Task Force, as a Board Member of the Environmental Education Association of Alabama, the Governor's Task Force for Environmental Literacy in Alabama.  Additionally, she is a Life Member of the Alabama Wildlife Federation and a member of Ben Knight Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, named in memory of her father.

As the Enrichment Teacher at Gwin Elementary, Ingleright's commitment to excellence is well-noted.  Her efforts and real-world approach to teaching kids about conservation and environmental issues has resulted in a variety of stellar achievements for both Gwin and Hoover City Schools.

In 2008, her school achieved Certified Alabama Outdoor Classroom Status.  In 2013, Gwin Elementary School received the Project Learning Tree Green School Award, the National Wildlife Federation Green Flag Award, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Award – the first school in the nation to receive all of these awards.

For more than 30 years, the AWF Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards have been presented to individuals and organizations that make great contributions to the conservation of our wildlife and related natural resources.  The awards promote leadership by example and in turn, increase conservation of the natural resources of Alabama - its wildlife, forests, soils, water and air.  The program is designed to bring about a greater knowledge and awareness of conservation practices and projects and to give proper recognition to those persons and organizations making outstanding contributions to the natural resource welfare of the community and state.

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