A long-time Ballinger educator was recognized as the 2017 Oustanding Teacher of the Year by the Soil and Water Conservation District. LInda Frerich, was among those honored during an awards luncheon on October 14, at the Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center in Galveston.

A long-time Ballinger educator was recognized as the 2017 Oustanding Teacher of the Year by the Soil and Water Conservation District. LInda Frerich, was among those honored during an awards luncheon on October 14, at the Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center in Galveston.

Each year the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCD) and the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts (ATWWCD) recognize and honor individuals who dedicate themselves to the conservation and management of renewable natural resources.

Frerich, an educator with Ballinger ISD for the past 21 years, was selected as the 2017 Outstanding Conservation Teacher, representing Runnels Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). She and her husband, Charles, own a farm in the Rowena area. Over her many years of teaching, she has used her knowledge of erosion control and conservation practices to teach students about conserving natural resources.

The Texas Conservation Awards Program began in the late 1970’s to recognize conservationists and the vital role they play in managing Texas’ natural resources. The purpose of the program is to acknowledge, recognize, and honor individuals that dedicate their time and efforts to the conservation of natural resources.

The program provides an opportunity for competition and incentives to expand and improve conservation efforts as well as the wise utilization of renewable natural resources. Categories recognized through the Texas Conservation Awards Program are: Poster Contest and Junior and Senior Essay Contests, Conservation Farmer, Outstanding Soil and Water Conservation District, Conservation Rancher, Friend of Conservation, Conservation Teacher and Wildlife Conservationist.

Frerich has partnered with the local USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) office and Runnels SWCD for classroom presentations as well as participating in the Conservation Awards Program. Frerich continues to be a leader in teaching our future generations the importance of conservation to ensure the availability of Texas’ natural resources for many generations to come.