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 dBrownlee@dcccd.edu to find out more information about the award. Applications are available online at www.BrookhavenCollege.edu/EMGI/.
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