West Orange High School Technology and Engineering Supervisor Ryan Del Guercio to Receive New Jersey Clean Communities Education Award
ORANGE, NJ – West Orange High School Technology and Engineering Supervisor Ryan
Del Guercio will receive a New Jersey Clean Communities Education Award at the prestigious
fourteenth Annual NJCC Awards Dinner to be held at the Pleasantdale Chateau on
Guercio will received the Education for his innovative “Liter of Light” curriculum
that teaches students about solar power, light-emitting diodes, photovoltaic
cells, and circuit fabrication. Students then learn how to build low-cost
lighting utilizing these technologies. The unit culminated with students designing and constructing
solar street lights last year and solar lanterns this year.
“About three years ago
we shifted our focus to further challenge students to develop solutions that
exhibit sustainability," said Del Guercio.
“The Liter of Light
program was a project I worked on with the West Orange Environmental Commission
and teacher Anthony Prasa,” he noted.
New Jersey Clean
Communities is a statewide, comprehensive, litter-abatement
program created by the passage of the Clean Communities Act in 1986. The Act
provides a funding source for the program by placing a tax on fifteen
categories of businesses that may produce litter-generating products. They
seek to acknowledge unique and innovative environmental initiatives and were
excited to hear about Del Guercio’s curriculum.
Del Guercio has worked in the West Orange Public Schools for 15 years, 10 as
a teacher, five as a Dean, and three as a Supervisor. He holds a Master’s
Degree in Technology Education and Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from West
Virginia University as well as a Masters in Educational Leadership from New
Jersey City University.
“We are extremely
excited to have Ryan’s “Liter of Light” curriculum recognized by New Jersey
Clean Communities,” said West Orange High School Principal Hayden Moore.
“It is our goal at
West Orange High School to provide students with real-life experiences that
they can utilize to impact the world around them, and we are looking forward to
even more inventive technology and engineering curriculum that will provide
state-of-the-art opportunities thanks to the talent of Ryan and his team,” he
Ryan Del Guercio, Supervisor of Technology and Engineering at WOHS.