7 March 2010

Close to home: The 2010 Ed Roy Award

Posted by Jessica Ball

Some great news from Geospectrum – the latest Ed Roy Award winner is Jason Pittman, the lead science resource teacher at Hollin Meadows Elementary School in Alexandria, VA. This has me completely excited, because Hollin Meadows was the first elementary school I attended, and it’s literally steps from home. It’s a math and science focus school, and it’s one of the first places I started getting excited about geology. (I even remember drawing volcanoes on one morning journal exercise…)

The Hollin Meadows website has a great section devoted to their science lab, and I’m sure Mr. Pittman had a hand in it, since he’s also a top web designer. Have a look!

Here’s a little about the award from AGI:

Given annually, the Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award recognizes one classroom teacher from kindergarten to eighth grade for his or her leadership and innovation in earth science education. This award is named in honor of Dr. Edward C. Roy, Jr., who was a strong and dedicated supporter of earth science education. Mr. Pittman will be presented with the Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award at the 2010 National Science Teachers Association National Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Other finalists for the 2010 award are Greer Lynn Harvell of Clifford C. Meigs Middle School in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and John Schaefers of Ingomar Middle School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

They haven’t updated the main part of their website yet, but the Ed Roy award page has some more info about applying, as well as past winners. If you know anyone who teaches K-12 earth science and you think they’re doing a stellar job, I encourage you to get them to apply for this – it’s a great opportunity for recognition!

Everyone at Hollin Meadows must be really proud of Mr. Pittman – and I am, too, even though I only have a very loose connection to the school now. It’s been a good few months for them – they also hosted the First Lady in November, and had a chance to show off some of the extensive flower and vegetable gardens that make up an important part of their science program. Congrats to Mr. Pittman and Hollin Meadows!