Even as Gary Hinson, science teacher at Narrows High School in Narrows, infuses science learning with adventure and discovery, he ensures that the curriculum is aligned with state Standards of Learning. To help students in his Ecology and Environmental Science course develop keener understanding, Mr. Hinson takes them on spelunking expeditions, and has them devise strategies for survival on a hostile planet. He provides his students access to a broad range of learning technology to assist in their scientific inquiries. He also sponsors the school ecology club and participates in conservation projects with the local 4H group. In addition, Mr. Hinson has served with distinction on the district's teacher advisory council.