Professional of the Year for 2017 in High School Education: Barbara R. Taber, Ed.D.
|Barbara R. Taber, Ed.D.|
|Title||Science Department Chair and Classroom Educator (Retired) at Churchland High School|
|Expertise||Science, Administration, Art|
|Type of Organization||High school|
|Area of Distribution||Virginia|
|University/Degree||A.A. Liberal Arts, Averett Junior College, 1969; B.S., Old Dominion Univ., 1971; M.A., Education, Virginia Polytech. Inst. & State Univ. (VA Tech), 1972; A.S., Environmental Protection, Tidewater Community College; Ed.D., Jones International Univ. 2011|
|Honors & Awards||Delta Kappa Gamma-Gamma Rho Chapter, Honorary Teacher's Society, 2010-2014, Nominated and accepted to Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society for Educators and Phi Delta Kappa International, 2006-present, Phi Theta Kappa, 1996, Tidewater Community College, National Community College Honor Society; TASE Science Teacher of the Year, 1994; Nominated twice for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching; SAIC Science Teaching Tools Award, $1000.00, 2010; National Environmental Education Grant, Urban Environmental Education, University of Wisconsin at Steven's Point, 2010; Who's Who Among American High School Teachers, nominated several times; Sigma Xi Outstanding High School Science of Mathematics Teacher, 1996; TASE Teacher of the Year; Virginia Dominion Power Grant, $3,000.00, 1999|
|Published Works||Dissertation: Teacher Attitudes Toward the Use of Problem-based Learning in Science Courses with State-mandated, End of Course Testing; Development of problem-based units on energy, wetland ecology, and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay through a Hampton University/Portsmouth Public Schools SCHEV Grant partnerships; Curriculum Development and Implementation in 3 subject areas-Earth Science II: Oceanography, Biology II: Ecology, Emergency Medical Technology I; Developed and wrote the curriculum for NAS 215: Man in His Environment, a dual enrollment course with Tidewater College; Presented at local, state and national conference several times; Developed and wrote the curriculum for Ecology a 5E, Problem Based Curriculum, 2014-15|
|Affiliations||NSTA, VAST, TASE, National State and Local Association for Science Teachers-20 years; NEA, VEA, PEA, National, State and Local Teachers' Association, 1987-present; Volunteer and Community Service-Kempsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, Virginia Beach VA, 1980-83; Life Member, Bennett's Creek Volunteer Rescue Squad, Suffolk VA; Driver Volunteer Fire Dept., Suffolk VA, 1995-98; Life Member, Nansemond Suffolk Volunteer Rescue Squad, Suffolk VA; Retired VA Paramedic and Firefighter|
|Hobbies & Sports||Scuba diving, fishing, reading, art|
|Work History||Classroom Teacher, Nansemond County Schools, 1972-73; Classroom Teacher, Chesapeake City Public Schools, 1973-84; Classroom Teacher, Grand Prairie ISD, 1983-87; Classroom Teacher, Portsmouth City Public Schools, 1987-2015; Lead Evaluator for AdvancED (SACS-CASI) 2015- present|
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