Teacher Of The Year

Dr. Jeff Wessel

2010 Winner: Dr. Jeff Wessel

The Will / South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Jeff Wessel as the 2010 Conservation Teacher of the Year.
Jeff was raised on a grain and livestock farm in Northwestern Illinois.  After graduating high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served three years as an infantryman at Fort Richardson, AK.  In 1996 Jeff completed a B.S. in Agriculture from Illinois State University, and in 1998 a M.S. in crop sciences from the University of Illinois.  In 2001 Jeff was hired as the Land Laboratory Operations Supervisor at Joliet Junior College, and in 2007 completed a Doctorate of Philosophy in Crop Sciences from the University of Illinois.  Dr. Wessel is currently teaching and conducting cropping management research at Joliet Junior College.

Mr. Wessel is recognized as an educator who encourages a greater appreciation for agriculture and natural resources conservation.  Through the use of educational tours and the distribution of JJC cropland data, Jeff continues to benefit the farmers and residents of the District.