SOUTH FORSYTH — A South Forsyth High School teacher was recently recognized for her green thumb.
Ann Kohler, a special education teacher and sponsor of the school’s environmental club, was named the Green School Educator of the Year by Keep Forsyth County Beautiful.
According to the organization, the honor is bestowed upon an educator who focuses on “spreading their passion and commitment to the health of the environment.”
“Taking care of our environmental resources is a high priority for me, and I have tried to foster good stewardship of our planet through education,” Kohler said. “I enjoy helping students discover ways by which to improve our environment.”
South has been designated a “Green School” since 2011, due in great part to the efforts of Kohler and her students, according to Maggie Gustavus, media relations and world languages department chair.
A mission of Keep Forsyth County Beautiful is to cooperate with government, businesses, schools, civic organizations and citizens in a joint effort to improve beautification, litter reduction, water quality and recycling.
“The environmental club works closely with Keep Forsyth County Beautiful on many of its volunteer efforts around the county all year long and participates monthly in the mobile action crew to pick up trash in the county in different locations,” Gustavus said. “Caring for the environment is part of the school culture, with [Advanced Placement] environmental classes working with [the group] to teach water quality testing and amphibian monitoring.”
Teachers and students also recycle paper, plastic and printer cartridges throughout the year.
South processes enough recyclable materials, she said, to merit a Dumpster pick-up twice a month.