HENRY COUNTY, GA – Nancy Adgate of Dutchtown High School is the 2013 National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) Georgia state winner for Outstanding Earth Science Teachers.
According to NAGT, the Outstanding Earth Science Teachers (OEST) awards are given for “exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth Sciences at the pre-college level.”
“It is such an honor to receive this award,” Adgate shared. “To receive such a prestigious award means so much to me personally.”
Nancy served as the science department chair from 2004 – 2009 at Dutchtown Middle School prior to moving to Dutchtown High.
Accomplishments include presenting at the National Science Teachers Association conferences for the last five years, as well as, presenting environmental workshops at the Georgia Science Teachers conference, attending the hands-on GEARS Astronomy workshop at University of Georgia in the summer of 2010. She was also part of the International Science Fair Host Committee in 2008 for the Intel Science and Engineering Fair.
A 20-year veteran of the teaching profession, Adgate has a strong passion for sharing her knowledge of earth science with her students and helping them learn all about the exciting, intricate, and fragile world in which they live.
“Nancy’s love for her content is infectious,” said Dr. Terry Oatts, Adgate’s principal, “and her students see her passion each day.”
Oatts adds that the honor comes as no surprise to him based off of the stellar job Adgate does each and every day to prepare her students.
“Nancy is a science teacher’s science teacher,” said Oatts. “She is highly regarded by her peers within the geoscience community as evident by her selection to receive NAGT’s prestigious award.”
Jokingly, Adgate says she is known as “the woman who loves rocks,” but she truly loves the subject she shares with so many students each day. Her passion and interest stems from being around science and nature growing up with a father who was an environmentalist.
“I guess the apple didn’t fall far from the tree,” quipped Adgate. “Throughout my life I wondered through the woods with him, collecting rocks, arrowheads, leaves, and various nature items that he would point out.”
But the family connection does not end there.
“My own son has become a geologist due to my influence, so the tradition continues.”
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