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Lower Fox RiverWatershed Monitoring Program

Dana Lex

Dana Lex
Science Teacher at West Depere High School
I live and work in West De Pere with my husband, two daughters, and a small menagerie of animals. I have taught at West De Pere High School since the Fall of 1998 and currently teach Environmental Science and Biology. Additionally, I am a board member on our City's citizen-driven sustainability committee, SEEDs for De Pere and on the board of De Pere Sister Cities International. Becoming a teacher was more of a wandering journey than one would think. Upon graduating with a BS in Biology from UWSP in 1995, I soon realized that unfortunately I had no career plans prepared. My experiences in residence hall leadership during my college years had built up my confidence, and I truly loved natural science. Talking it through with my grandparents that summer, I realized that I wanted to teach, and my parents supported my decision to return to school. Three years later (in 1998) I had my teaching certification, got married, and got my first job at West De Pere. It took a while to get my feet under me, but I finally feel like I've hit my stride, and I can't imagine doing anything else. Dana Lex earned a Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year Award in 2014 from her alma mater UW-Stevens Point. She is a 2013 Golden Apple Award recipient alongside her colleagues in the West De Pere High School Science Department and also earned the Brown County Conservation Alliance's Educator of the Year Award in 2010 for her contributions to the LFRWMP program's bird monitoring component.