Rural Missouri - October 2013 - (Page 4)
C O M M E N T S
“Devoted to the rural
way of life”
Teaching the teachers
Volume 65 / Number 10
Electric co-ops give educators a powerful lesson on energy
wo days of “power learning” taught science teacher
Doug Selby a thing or two
about electricity. While
energy was already a favorite topic
for him, “I didn’t realize what an
amazing process it is,” he said.
Now, he also has a better understanding of what drives cooperative decisions and how to make
electricity generation relevant and
memorable to students.
Selby, who teaches eighth-grade
to 12th-grade science at Jamestown
C-1 School, was one of 16 science
and agriculture teachers — two
from each of the eight distribution
cooperatives served by Central
Electric Power Cooperative — who
received a solid grounding in
power production Aug. 6-7. The 15
hours of training were developed
by Central and the University of
photo by John Agliata, Co-Mo Electric
The course covered energy
basics, power generation and
Boone Electric’s Chris Rohlfing makes a point during his part in the seminar on power
transmission, energy efficiency,
production. Eight central Missouri electric co-ops sponsored teachers for the event.
economics and energy production.
1994, Central Electric’s member cooperatives suggested it
It provided instructional materials for teachers to take with
take on the challenge of safety education for area school
them, including an amp meter, radiometer and sample
kids, which it did by hiring its first education specialist,
curriculum. The group also toured the university’s power
Keith Mueller. Six years ago, Stan, another former educator
generation station. Course speakers came from Associin Fayette, joined the team, focusing on energy efficiency.
ated Electric Cooperative, Boone Electric Cooperative, MU
About two years ago, feedback pointed to another need:
Extension, the university and Ameren Missouri.
both students and teachers lacked a good understanding
The team worked hard to make the course relevant to
of the electric industry. To remedy that, Keith tapped into
students and valuable to teachers in the form of one hour
his relationship with Leon Schumacher, a professor of agriof graduate credit. “No one wants to waste teacher time,”
cultural systems management at MU who had worked with
said Stan Varner, one of Central Electric’s education speAssociated Electric on energy-efficiency projects.
Soon, a project to bring new life to the energy curSelby, who already recognized the science behind power
riculum in the classroom took shape. University staff and
production, said he’s now better informed and will use
graduate assistants helped develop content, found a trainwhat he learned in his lessons. “I came away with a lot
ing location, identified speakers and made sure the training
of respect for the local co-op,” he said. “What they do is
tied to state standards.
not simple. There are a lot of different things they have to
Mission accomplished. Evaluations showed the class was
weigh. It takes good quality people who are educated in
well received, and plans are in place to continue it.
their respective roles to pull it off.”
The pilot training is the latest in more than 15 years of
— Power News
outreach to public schools from Central Electric. Back in
Hartwell new manager at Gascosage
armen Hartwell is the new manager of Gascosage Electric Cooperative,
Dixon, the cooperative’s board recently announced. In taking the helm at the
7,355-member electric cooperative, she became the third woman to manage a
Missouri electric co-op.
She also is the first woman to hold a seat on the board of directors for Sho-Me Power
Cooperative, Marshfield, which supplies power to Gascosage and eight other electric
cooperatives in the Ozarks.
Prior to her appointment as the cooperative’s manager, Carmen served as Gascosage’s office manager.
Carmen replaces John Greenlee, who retired in June after a long career in rural
electrification. He was the cooperative’s manager since October 1992.
Missouri’s electric cooperatives congratulate Carmen on her new role and wish John
all the best in his retirement.
Jim McCarty, editor
Jason Jenkins, managing editor
Heather Berry, associate editor
Megan Backes, editorial assistant
Mary Davis, production manager
Kile Brewer, intern
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - October 2013
Rural Missouri - October 2013
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A deer dilemma
Therapy for the heart & soul
Out of the Way Eats
Charge of the Iron Brigade
Hearth and Home
Rural Missouri - October 2013