Glen L. Fagg, 53, who has taught geography and history for the past 25 years at Wasatch Junior High School, has won two separate honors this year - the Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award from the National Council for Geographic Education and a six-week Fullbright Scholarship to visit Turkey.
Fagg, a 1952 South High School graduate, spent two years in the Army in Korea after the Korean war. He started teaching at Wasatch Junior High soon after he earned a bachelor's degree in geography from the University of Utah in 1962. In 1975 he began working on his master's degree in geography at the U. and earned that degree in 1980 without interrupting his teaching career.He was honored by the National Council for Geographic Education once before. In 1973 the group presented him an award for a teaching unit on India and China he co-authored.
Geography, for Fagg, isn't just a subject in a textbook, but instead is all around us, everywhere we look. Four times a year, he organizes bicycle and hiking trips into Neff's Canyon near the school, where students can study Olympus Cove, the Wasatch Mountains and the Wasatch Fault.
"There were 21 mills on nearby Mill Creek during pioneer days. They ran on water power alone. Steam power pushed them out in the 1890s. The East Mill Creek area is full of history and fascinating geography."
Too many teenagers and young adults can't tell you where Washington, D.C., or Maine are on the map and know even less about Africa or South and Central America, he said. "The world is getting smaller all the time and, considering the political and economic importance of many small countries, it is vital that young people learn about geography if they are to understand current events."