2003 Excellence in Teaching of Earth Science Award

Title: 2003 Excellence in Teaching of Earth Science Award
Author: Jerry Cuzella
Awardee: Wayne Pound
Publication: The Outcrop, August 2003, p. 8

The 2003 recipient of our Excellence in Teaching award was presented to Mr. Wayne Pound, at the June 20 luncheon meeting. Wayne teaches high school geology and earth science classes at Horizon High School in Thornton and also teaches classes in oceanography, earth systems, and biology. Wayne has been a teacher for eighteen years; he holds B.S. degrees in geology and earth science, and Masters degrees in geology and education, all from the University of North Dakota. His associates testify that Wayne combines a vast expanse of personal knowledge, ability, expertise, and enthusiasm into a unique personal teaching style, where he manages to integrate classroom education with field experiences. He instills in his students a desire to learn and enjoy earth science and prepares them for a life-long learning experience. He is an outstanding resource to his colleagues and students. Outside the classroom, Wayne teaches other teachers in after-school seminars, and has guided field trips to Ruby Mountain and Dinosaur Ridge and produced numerous field guidebooks.

Teacher of the Year
RMAG President Bruce Kelso (left) and Popular Geology Committee Chair Jerry Cuzella (right) present the 2003 Excellence in Teaching of Earth Science Award to Wayne Pound (center).

Wayne Pound is a fine example of those dedicated teachers who make significant positive impacts on our children. He represents the best of those who teach earth science and is a deserving educator.

In 2000, the RMAG Foundation instituted an award to honor teachers who have promoted “Excellence in Teaching of Earth Science” to elementary or secondary school students. The recipient receives a plaque and a cash award, provided by the RMAG Foundation. This year, a subcommittee of the Popular Geology Committee received and judged several applications from teachers in the Front Range area.