Deerfield teacher honored by national science organization
O'Donnell, who has taught at the Deerfield Community School for 12 years, received the award last month at the National Conference on Science Education in San Antonio, Texas. The National Science Teacher's Association paid her way to the conference, where she celebrated not only being named distinguished teacher, but also her 55th birthday.
At Deerfield Community School, O'Donnell has been instrumental in bringing change to the science curriculum, introducing new teaching methods, and working with the superintendent's committee to receive a grant to improve technology in the classroom. She also serves as a mentor for teaching students at the University of New Hampshire.
O'Donnell gets her students out of the classroom as much as possible. They have collected water samples from local rivers to help monitor water quality. They have rounded up and studied insects. They've even raised brook trout in the classroom and released them to the wild.
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