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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

PHS teacher Beverly Adams earns prestigious honor

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PUSD Superintendent Casey O'Brien and PHS science teacher Beverly Adams.

Payson High School science teacher Beverly Adams earned a runner-up Golden Bell Award from the Arizona School Boards Association in December.

Superintendent Casey O'Brien and Governing Board members Matthew Van Camp, Barbara Underwood and Kim Pound were in attendance at the ASBA annual conference awards banquet to congratulate Adams on this prestigious award.  The Golden Bell Award recognizes program excellence and leadership in curriculum development.

Adams won for her East Verde River Study Project.  For the last five years Adams, her Ecology class students, and students from other science disciplines have performed real-world, professional-level water quality and flow testing along the East Verde River.  They have recorded the impact of grazing, gardening, recreation and septic tanks on the the East Verde.  Data also provide reliable information about conditions that will affect delivery of Blue Ridge Reservoir water via the East Verde and a pipeline.

In making the award nomination, O'Brien noted, "Ms. Adams applies Arizona science, math and social studies standards to valuable hydrologic field investigation that seamlessly incorporates many educational strategies."

ASBA recognized the hands-on, project-based, standards-rich, cross-curricular instructional strategies Adams employs for the East Verde River Study Project.  Adams stated the "being runner-up for the Golden Bell has been a wonderful experience.  At the award luncheon, the other winning projects from around the state were highlighted.  It is humbling to have my project included with these prestigious programs."

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