Kentucky Academy of Science singles out Dunbar teacher
Author: Tammy L. Lane • First Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Heidi Anderson, who teaches biology at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, has been selected the 2012 Outstanding Secondary School Science Teacher by the Kentucky Academy of Science. She received the Superlative Award during a KAS statewide conference Oct. 20 at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.
“The whole evening was exciting. It was nice to share it with my son and my husband. I work really hard and they see it. They’re the biggest supporters I have,” she said.
Anderson was nominated by professors at EKU and the University of Kentucky, who cited her significant contributions to the teaching of science, including students’ academic welfare and intellectual growth. For instance, she helps Dunbar MSTC students with their research for science fair competition, consults with AdvanceKentucky to promote AP Biology courses, works alongside UK and EKU professors coordinating the regional and state science fairs and also finds time to get back into the laboratory to conduct research herself.
Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro and a master’s degree in entomology and a master’s in education at UK.
“I enjoy the kids, and I want to see them be successful. I’ll be their biggest advocate and also challenge them to reach their potential,” said Anderson, who is in her 13th year teaching at Dunbar and 11th in the school’s Math, Science & Technology Center.