Dobie Aquatics Teacher Named Galveston Bay Foundation's 2015 ‘Guardian of the Bay’ Award Recipient
Dobie High School aquatics teacher Cindy Wilems has been named the Galveston Bay Foundation’s 2015 “Community Guardian of the Bay” award recipient. She will be recognized during the organization’s annual luncheon ceremony, Sept. 30, at the Hilton Americas in downtown Houston.
The annual award ceremony honors an individual, organization and company that has been instrumental in preserving, protecting and enhancing Galveston Bay. Wilems will be recognized for her community outreach efforts with the Galveston Bay Foundation’s Youth Education Program, known as Get Hip to Habitat.
This is the first time in history that a teacher has been selected for the prestigious honor.
“Cindy does an outstanding job here at Dobie,” Franklin Moses, Dobie High School principal said. “She always goes above and beyond for her senior science students in providing them opportunities outside of the classroom. Dobie is very proud of her and looks forward to the recognition luncheon.”
Wilems will be honored in front of district leaders and Houston’s elite, including the keynote speaker Captain Brian Penoyer, commander of U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston and master of ceremonies, Frank Billingsley, Chief Meteorologist KPRC Local2.
As a guardian of the bay, Wilems has spent the past four years participating in conservation and advocacy efforts while simultaneously educating and inspiring students through Get Hip to Habitat.
The school-based coastal wetlands nursery program provides hands-on experience for students and involves: developing temporary marsh grass nurseries on campus grounds; caring for and monitoring the health and growth of the marsh grasses throughout the school year while learning about the importance of wetlands; and eventually, transplanting the matured grass to designated local marsh restoration sites around Galveston Bay.
As a teacher, Wilems’ use of hands-on, field based learning opportunities, have sparked an interest in aquatics among students. As a result of her efforts, the number of aquatic science classes at Dobie has tripled in numbers. Her work has not gone unnoticed. Wilems was recognized as the Dobie High School teacher of the year for the 2012-13 school year. And now, she can add the Guardian of the Bay Award to the list of accolades.
“Cindy Wilems is a great example of how one individual can have a profound influence on young people today and equip them to become both future leaders and guardians of our natural world,” Bob Stokes, Galveston Bay Foundation president said. “The Galveston Bay Foundation is proud to honor Cindy for her outstanding efforts to educate our young citizens.”
To purchase tickets, please visit the Galveston Bay Foundation website.
To learn more about Get Hip to Habitat, please click on the link.