Payson teacher finalist for national teaching award
Ben Gowans, a fourth-grade teacher at Park View Elementary School in Payson, has been recognized as a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching.
Gowans graduated magna cum laude from Utah Valley University in 2000. In 2006, he completed a master’s degree in elementary mathematics education from Southern Utah University. Over the past four years, Gowans has worked in the field of science education as an instructor for the Utah State Science Core Academy and as a presenter at the State Science Education Coordinating Committee workshop, and he has completed the Partnership for Effective Science Teaching and Learning Program. He has also assisted in the development of the professional development science instruction classes for the Kansas State Office of Education and developed and written an online course for teachers who want to better understand and use the Utah State Science Intended Learning Outcomes.
Even with all these experiences, Gowans’s most rewarding educational endeavor is developing a love of science learning in his students.
Ben and Julie Gowans pose with Ben’s certificate naming him a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching.