Ella Bowling of Mason County Middle School, in Marysville, Kentucky, was the 2014 recipient of the NABT Ecology/Environmental Science Teaching Award. This award is sponsored by Vernier and was presented at the 2014 NABT Professional Development Conference in Cleveland.
Ms. Bowling is a 7th grade science teacher, teaching Earth Science using an integrated approach. She engages student by having students work in the field, where they learn about the local environment and ecosystems. They search for invasive species, investigate water and soil quality, and even do macroinvertebrate surveys on local streams. As an educator, Ms. Bowling feels strongly that she needs to empower her students by having them use critical thinking skills and active problem solving in the field and classroom. By doing so she feels that this helps her students make informed decisions about living on this planet.
This award is given to a secondary school teacher who has successfully developed and demonstrated an innovative approach in the teaching of ecology/environmental science and has carried his/her commitment to the environment into the community. Vernier’s sponsorship of this award includes $1,000 toward travel to the NABT Conference, and $500 of Vernier equipment. The recipient also receives a recognition plaque and one year of complimentary membership to NABT.
The application deadline for the Ecology/Environmental Science Teaching Award is March 15 of each year. While it has just passed for 2015, start thinking about applying in 2016. Applications will be available after the NABT Conference in November. You can find more information about this award at www.nabt.org