Chuck Schietinger, Lopez Island

Chuck SchietingerChuck Schietinger
Lopez Island
2015 Stewardship Award Winner – Educator Stewardship Category

Chuck Schietinger teaches high school physics, chemistry, math, environmental science and European woodcarving at Spring Street International School in Friday Harbor. He also teaches outdoor education, and is a trip leader for multi-week field trips throughout the U.S. and internationally. 

Chuck is excited about sharing his love of science and woodcarving with his students, and is known for teaching by example and inspiring them to speak up for their beliefs. In 2013 some of his students testified in favor of the SanJuan Islands National Monument. “Their moving testimony made the difference in the
council’s vote to support the monument,” said Chuck. “Two received a standing ovation at the dedication.” In 2012 an exchange student from China testified at a coal hearing in Friday Harbor, and moved the audience deeply when stating that many people in China have never seen birds due to pollution.

As a member of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for state-funded Salmon Recovery in San Juan County, Chuck has been key in securing funding for Watmough Bight on Lopez Island. Chuck is currently serving a four-year term on the SanJuan County Marine Resources Council, and is Board Chairman of Kwiaht, a nonprofit conservation, science education and research organization within San Juan County.