RMAG Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching Earth Sciences 2001

Title: RMAG Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching Earth Sciences 2001

Publication: The Outcrop, August 2001, p. 18

Last year the RMAG Foundation instituted an award to honor teachers who have promoted Excellence in Teaching of Earth Science to elementary or secondary students. Applications were received from schools in the Denver metro area, and were judged by Jerry Cuzella and Elmo Brown of the Popular Geology Committee and by Sue Cluff of the Awards Committee. The recipient receives a plaque and a cash award, provided by the Foundation.

Last year’s recipient, Mr. John McKinney, was nominated to AAPG for their national “Teacher of the Year” and was the winner of that award also.

The 2001 recipient of our Excellence in Teaching Award is Mr. James J. Beydler, who teaches ninth grade science classes at Thornton High School. Joe has been a teacher for twenty years, and has taught a range of science courses. He was an earth science major at the University of Northern Colorado and says that earth science has always been his passion. Associates testify that Joe combines an atmosphere of warmth and concern for the student in has classroom with a thorough knowledge of his subject matter. Outside the classroom he tries to encourage parent and community participation in the learning experience. He acts as an advocate for students at risk of dropping out of school and has organized an extremely successful Crime Stoppers program.

Joe also teaches fellow teachers, conducting classes and seminars through the Colorado School of Mines and Adams State College to strengthen teacher’s content in various fields of earth science. He has published numerous articles and one earth science textbook.

The award was presented at the regular RMAG Friday Luncheon Meeting on June 15, 2001. The award for excellence in earth science teaching will be given annually by RMAG.