Science teacher goes out with a bang
After 34 years of teaching science, rural Eudoran Bill Dymacek is stepping down. However, he's going out with a big bang.
Dymacek, an eighth-grade science teacher in Gardner, was awarded the Earth Science Teacher of the Year award Dec. 14. The annual award honors teachers for their work in Earth Science, which pertains to meteorology, tectonics, mountains, earthquakes, tornadoes, erosion and astronomy.
A member of the Kansas Association of Earth Science Teachers, Dymacek applied for the award before but received runner up. This year, he didn't apply.
"I assume they kept it," Dymacek said of his old application.
Dymacek said he was pleased to win the award for his rock solid teaching.
"It was fantastic," he said. "It's nice to be honored by your peers. This is my last year of teaching so it's a nice feeling."
Dymacek is retiring in the spring. He said his interest in earth science began when he was a child and carried over into his adult life.
"I picked up rocks and brought them home," he said. "In fact, I think I still have a couple of rocks that I had when I was a kid."
Dymacek graduated with a bachelor of arts in history from Southwestern College, Winfield. He obtained his master's degree in earth science from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, in 1972. Though he doesn't have any immediate plans after retiring, he does have one large goal.
"There's a (dinosaur) fossil out in western Kansas that has my name on it," he said. "I haven't found it yet, but I'd like to."