The Outstanding Biology Teacher Award recognizes an outstanding educator in Grades 7-12 from each of the 50 states, based on teaching ability, experience, relationships with students and cooperativeness in the school and community.
“I am ridiculously excited and honored,” Ms. Correll said. “I’m so happy to represent Fauquier County, and this award is a direct result of the encouragement and professional freedom I’ve had here at FCPS and Kettle Run to try new things and grow as a teacher.”
Ms. Correll was recognized on Nov. 10 at the NABT Professional Development Conference in San Diego, along with the other recipients. In addition to conference attendance, the winners received gift certificates from Carolina Biological Supply Co., resources from other sponsors, award certificates and a complimentary one-year membership from NABT.
“It was incredible being around so many passionate and talented biology teachers,” Ms. Correll said. “The sessions were informative and engaging, and I brought home lots of new ideas to try!”
In her 12th year of teaching, she joined Kettle Run staff three years ago.
“I'm a bit of a reptile/amphibian enthusiast and genetics nerd, and I love interacting with scientists on Twitter and sharing the awesomeness of biology with everyone from preschoolers to adults,” she said.
Earlier this year, she was named a finalist for the Superintendent’s Innovation Award, receiving a $375 grant, funded through a grant from Apple Federal Credit Union Educational Foundation.
She also received a $27,50 Toshiba grant to purchase six MiniONE DNA Gel Electrophoresis chambers and a MiniONE PCR unit. Her students will use the equipment to copy, visualize and compare DNA samples in class.
“My biggest sources of support have been my family — especially my very understanding husband who puts up with my schedule and crazy ideas, my friends, my principal, Meaghan Brill, my science supervisor, Nikki Jenkins, and Fauquier County — a wonderful county where I'm always encouraged to be creative and try new things,” she said.