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News at Brookhaven College

For immediate release through Feb. 12.

FARMERS BRANCH/DALLAS  •  While many teachers go unrecognized for their hard work, community members now may help find and celebrate unsung heroes by nominating a science teacher who demonstrates creativity and excellence in teaching science. The annual Patty Holyfield Award for Excellence in Geoscience Teaching recognizes a North Texas K-12 teacher for using creativity in teaching science and includes a $5,000 gift for the teacher’s personal use. The award was named after Ms. Patty Holyfield, 1952-2002, whose unflagging devotion to the science and teaching of geology was an inspiration to all who knew her.

Nominations may be turned in by Feb. 20 to Brookhaven College’s Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute, one of the three sponsoring partners offering the award along with the Miles Foundation and the Dallas Geological Society.

Recommended teachers should have at least three years of full-time teaching experience in either a public or private school in Collin, Denton, Rockwall, Dallas, Tarrant, Wise, Parker, Kaufman, Ellis, Jack, Palo Pinto or Jefferson counties. The candidates’ teaching experience should include geology and Earth science concepts, but candidates are not limited to these subjects.

Teachers who are recommended for the award will complete a full application for review that includes additional information about their teaching philosophy, methods and a detailed description of a unit that is taught including how it fits into a science program.

The winner will receive the cash award at the Dallas Geological Society Awards Luncheon June 13. That teacher also will become a candidate for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, AAPG, Teacher of the Year Award for the AAPG Southwest Section. Contact Diane Brownlee, director of the EMGI, by calling 972-860-4379 or send an e-mail to to find out more information about the award. Applications are available online at



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Brookhaven College is proud to be an Hispanic-Serving Institution with more than 25 percent Hispanic student enrollment since 2006. Educational opportunities are offered by Brookhaven College without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or gender expression..

Brookhaven College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate's degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Brookhaven College.

The three-fold purpose for publishing the Commission's address and contact numbers is to enable interested constituents (1) to learn about the accreditation status of Brookhaven College, (2) to file a third-party comment at the time of Brookhaven College's decennial review, or (3) to file a complaint against Brookhaven College for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement.

Normal inquiries about Brookhaven College, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to Brookhaven College and not to the Commission's office.