Boarding School Teacher Wins New Hampshire Environmental Educator of the Year Award

The New Hampshire Environmental Educators honored Bruce Gorrill, Brewster Academy science department chair, with their 2010 Environmental Educator of the Year Award (Secondary Category).

Bruce was cited for his constant commitment to bringing new environmental and technological approaches as well a personal message to his students.

Early on in his career at Brewster, he was instrumental in sustaining the Environmental Club, including its recycling initiatives, Earth Day events, and campus cleanup activities.

“He designed a Freshwater Ecology course in which his students conduct weekly field studies, design research projects, and create podcasts to report out their findings.

Bruce is a firm believer that the focus should be on the process of science instead of straight facts. His curriculum uses 21st century skills and web 2.0 technologies to ensure his students are maximizing the benefits of technology. He is a role model to his peers in his willingness to grow and change with the current trends in education. He was recently involved in a 3 year NSF study on technology in science education.

Bruce inspires his students to make real changes in their lives…” (NHEE)

On personal note, I was on the Brewster faculty years ago. I can attest that Bruce is one of the boarding school world’s ‘good guys.’ It’s great to see his years of service recognized.

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