A third-year teacher at Seneca’s Code Academy has been recognized as an “Outstanding Earth Science Teacher.” The National Association of Geoscience Teachers honored Crystal Talley with a two-year complimentary membership. Other geoscience organizations are providing gifts to Talley, in recognition of her use of alternative methods to motivate and engage Code students. According to the Oconee School District, Talley has become especially proficient in using the outdoors to reach students in a non-traditional way. At Devil’s Fork State Park, students learn about global positioning systems, mapping, technology, endangered species, park history, and publication skills. Talley’s students are working on a project that involves creating the first Oconee Bell guided trail map for the park.