Lloyd Love with his mother Martha, an educator for 50 years, and his wife Susan.
Love with his award from the Dallas Ecological Foundation.
Memorial’s Lloyd Love, an educator for 31 years, was recently recognized by the Dallas Ecological Foundation as Educator of the Year for 2016. Through his outdoor education classes, Love teaches students the art of fishing, archery and other skills in creative and innovative ways.
“I appreciate this award, but I feel like I don’t need the recognition. The people who allowed me the opportunity to create the best program I could deserve it,” Love said. “My principal Dr. Angela Stallings lets me be creative and do whatever I need to do to be successful and Pam Tevis started me off on the right foot. There are so many people behind what I do.”
His experience in the classroom includes teaching biology, life science and physical education at various levels which he incorporates in his outdoor education classes.
“I have so much fun doing my job that it doesn’t feel like work,” Love said. “That’s why I love coming every day and why the kids love coming too. They’re here because they want to be. They are learning skills here that they wouldn’t necessarily learn anywhere else and they get excited about it.”
In addition to this award, Love was named teacher of the year by at Memorial in 2015.
“Lloyd Love is one of our best teachers,” said Jeremy Richardson, Memorial assistant principal. “We are proud of him for receiving this award. He knows how to build relationships with students and share with them the world of the outdoors, which is something they can take with them throughout their lives.”
Even though Memorial fell outside of the area where the DEF typically presents the award, the organization made an exception after receiving numerous nominations on behalf of Love. A decision that made Love the first teacher in the 16-year history of the award to be selected outside of north Texas.
“Coach Love's program exemplifies every qualification for our award,” said Scot McClure, DEF outdoor adventure coordinator. “Along with his numerous nominations, that provided an easy choice for our board of trustees. It was a unanimous vote.”
Love hopes that teaching outdoor skills to students will provide a legacy to future generations.
“One of these days when my students have children they can pass on these traditions,” Love said. “And that’s truly what this is all about.”
Check out this video from the Dallas Ecological Foundation: