CHS science teacher named Shenandoah County’s best

The Shenandoah Valley-Herald

WOODSTOCK — A science teacher from Central High School has been chosen as Shenandoah County’s Teacher of the Year.

Schools Superintendent Jeremy Raley gave Meredith Bauserman the honor during the school division’s employee award ceremony at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School earlier this month. Raley said she was nominated by her peers and decided by a committee of teachers and staff.

Bauserman has taught chemistry, biology, ecology and Advanced Placement environmental science at the school since 2004. She was a volleyball coach there for four years before she became a full-time teacher.

Bauserman was also named CHS’ Teacher of the Year. She will represent Shenandoah County in the regional Teacher of the Year competition in September.

If she wins that, she will move on to the state contest in Richmond in October. Jaclyn Roller Ryan, an agriculture teacher at Signal Knob Middle School in Strasburg, won the state honor in 2014.

According to CHS Principal Melissa Hensley, Bauserman qualified for the distinction because she goes the extra mile in her classroom.

“She is an innovative and cutting-edge science instructor who has revamped her teaching style from a lecture-based model to a student-centered, mastery-based model,” Hensley said.

Kate Hollenberg, a math teacher at CHS, said Bauserman redesigned her ecology class to enable project-based learning initiatives when the school announced its goal of installing at least one such program in each class last year.

Raley said Bauserman’s work ethic and dedication to her craft made her stand out from other county teachers.

“She continuously seeks opportunities to meet the unique and diverse needs of her student body and prepare them for life after high school,” he said.

One of Bauserman’s PBL projects is the “Flipped Out in Science” program she and fellow science teacher Barbara Derflinger introduced during the 2013-14 school year.

The teachers assigned their students lab work and practice problems during the school day and had them take notes on pre-recorded lectures at home, thus “flipping” the usual structures of classwork and homework so more classtime could be devoted to answering questions and helping students.

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