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CMS science teacher Samantha Joll honored for her innovation

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Chesterton Middle School science teacher Samantha Joll has been honored by the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers Inc. (HASTI) for her groundbreaking work in the classroom.

Earlier this month, Joll was the 2013 recipient of HASTI’s Charlotte M. Boener Award for Innovative Middle School Science Teaching, awarded annually to the state’s “outstanding middle school teacher who exhibits a passion for innovative science teaching.”

Joll is in her eighth year at CMS, in each of which she has coached the school’s highly successful Science Olympiad team.

Joll also introduced into the Middle School’s science curriculum--in conjunction with the Chesterton Stormwater Utility--a very well-regarded special unit on watersheds and nonpoint source pollution.

Chesterton MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala, who worked with Joll in the unit, was happy to hear of Joll’s honor. “Sam and I came together in 2008 to collaborate on the Watersheds and Nonpoint Source Education Unit,” Gadzala told the Chesterton Tribune. “I quickly became impressed with her endless energy and the practical, hands-on approach she had in the classroom and in the field to provide the ultimate learning experience to her students. She is very deserving of this award.”

“I chose teaching as my profession because I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people,” Joll said. “It is my way of ‘paying it forward,’ in remembrance of all of those who helped me succeed in life to the happy place I have found. It is a wonderful thing to know that I am actually making a difference.”’

Joll is a 2003 graduate of Valparaiso University, with a major in chemistry and education and a minor in Native American studies.


Posted 2/14/2014