Payson teacher fi­nal­ist for na­tional teach­ing award

Serve Daily - - FOSTERING INNOVATION - By Lana Hiskey

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.

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