Pinedale roundup | PHS teachers receive forest fire grant

PINEDALE – Camille Dudrey, math teacher at Pinedale High School, and Dylan Bear, physical education teacher, received a Celia B. Godsil scholarship in place 2021-2022 through the Rural Schools Collaborative to study fuel reduction forest fires.

Fellows will work with their respective students on local projects addressing specific community issues.

The Rural Schools Collaborative believes that rural teachers are creators of places. Through place-based learning efforts, teachers are able to express their dedication to the community by rooting classroom teachings in the region’s unique history, environment, economy and culture. .

Each Celia B. Godsil Grants in Place scholar receives a $ 3,000 grant that supports a student-centered, location-based project, professional development presentation, and honoraria for the educator. The Grants in Place program is funded through the generous support of Celia and Mark Godsil in honor of Celia’s career as a public school teacher and their belief in the importance of teachers to rural communities.

The Dudrey and Bear collaborative project combines PHS students from probability and statistics courses and life sports to perform a meta-analysis of fuel consumption reduction in wildfires. The project includes examining which fuels cause a greater risk of severe fires, what can or has been done to reduce the risk of severe burns, and how and if fuel reduction is emotional.

The study will also compare the manpower and resources used to fight forest fires against those used in fighting forest fires. the manpower and resources needed to clean the fuels.

At the end of their meta-analysis, PHS students will work with local entities to clear an area of ​​the forest appropriately based on the results of the study. Students will collect their own data and create a professional presentation based on their findings, including how the project has helped the community and what individuals can do to infer the risk of wildfires.

Dudrey is in his eighth year of teaching math at PHS. She is originally from Sheridan, Wyo., Where she graduated from high school and discovered her passion for math.

Dudrey received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Wyoming. Dudrey was part of the inaugural cohort of Storer Fellows and has spent the past seven years incorporating place-based education into his teaching curriculum.

Bear is a physical education teacher at PHS. For the past 11 years he has held jobs during the summer months to further his learning outside of the classroom. In addition to his passion for teaching, Bear is also a carpenter, wildland firefighter and backcountry guide.

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