The A+ Foundation for West Aurora Schools High School Science Fund was created to honor Richard “Dick” Ebeling, a science educator who retired in 1999 but continued working in his field at Argonne National Library. While at West Aurora High School, he was instrumental in designing alternative methods of teaching the physical sciences through such courses as Phys-Ma-Tec (a combination of physics, mathematics and technology courses), Chem Comm (chemistry for the community), biotechnology, Sci-Ma-Tech, Food Sciences, and Fast I and II for middle school students. Dick worked on the adoption of a new, K-6 science education program, implementing foundations for science in those grades that fostered understanding and mastery of the sciences in the high school.
Mr. Ebeling has been the teacher most often mentioned by past Hall of Honor recipients. They have remembered his excellence in the classroom which extended to his excellence as a mentor for many of them. Mr. Ebeling’s impact was one that followed these students throughout their careers.
The West Aurora science enhancement project includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the following:
- Purchasing of Chromebooks for student use
- Purchasing of science equipment like Wi-Fi cameras for microscopes, analytical balances, and dynamics systems to name a few
- Funding of classroom structural changes to accommodate collaborative furniture
- Funding of both chemistry room and fume hood ventilation
A History of West Aurora School District 129
In 2016, the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley partnered with the A+ Foundation for West Aurora Schools in preserving the history of West Aurora School District 129. Together they produced a collection of photographs, biographies, a video and more highlighting the impressive history of the West Aurora Schools.