It is an absolute honor to represent my state as the 2015 Science Presidential Awardee. This prestigious award is validation for the teaching profession, recognizing commitment and dedication fueled by support from family, friends, and especially colleagues who offer endless ideas and collaboration. The future opportunities for professional development and networking will foster my passion for sharing science with my students!
Jennifer Fowler has been an educator for 17 years, teaching 8th grade science and enrichment science at South Middle School for 11 years. Previously, she taught at Eagle Rock Junior High in Idaho Falls, ID and at Custer Youth Correction Center in Custer, SD. Jennifer’s students follow the classroom motto, “Be Professional,” and they are avid learners and scientists asking questions and solving problems through hands-on and minds-on investigations. As her school’s Department Head and member of her district’s Middle School Science Leadership Team, she facilitates the incorporation of new state standards and science practices with her colleagues. As a South Dakota Science Teacher Association Executive Board Member, Jennifer builds on her classroom practice and passion for science education through planning and implementing the joint math and science conference. She also created three biological educator guides for South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks as a legacy for teachers to share topics on wildlife diversity. Jennifer earned a B.S. in biology and a Master’s of Professional Studies in environmental interpretation from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She also received her K–12 Science Specialist endorsement from Black Hills State University. Jennifer is certified in grades 7–12 science and 5th through 8th grade science, mathematics, and social studies.
- High-resolution version of the official portrait photograph
- Awardee holding Presidential certificate between Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director, Dr. John P. Holdren, and Assistant Director, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, National Science Foundation, Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy.
- High-resolution version of the teacher profile photograph