Kettle Run Teacher Named Virginia's Outstanding Biology Teacher
The National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) named Kettle Run High School teacher Linda Correll the 2018 recipient of the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award (OBTA) for Virginia. The association recognizes an outstanding biology educator for grades 7-12 from each of the 50 states based on their teaching ability and experience, cooperativeness in the school and community, and student-teacher relationships.
“I am ridiculously excited and honored,” Correll said. “I’m so happy to represent Fauquier County, and this award is a direct result of the encouragement and professional freedom I’ve had here at FCPS and Kettle Run to try new things and grow as a teacher.”
Correll was recognized on November 10 at the NABT Professional Development Conference in San Diego, California along with the other OBTA recipients. In addition to conference attendance, OBTA recipients receive gift certificates from Carolina Biological Supply Company, resources from other sponsors, award certificates and a complimentary one-year membership from NABT.
Describing her experience at the NABT conference, Correll said, “It was incredible being around so many passionate and talented biology teachers. The sessions were informative and engaging, and I brought home lots of new ideas to try!”
The 2018-2019 school year marks Correll’s twelfth-year teaching and her third year at Kettle Run High School.
“I'm a bit of a reptile/amphibian enthusiast and genetics nerd, and I love interacting with scientists on Twitter and sharing the awesomeness of biology with everyone from preschoolers to adults,” she said.
Correll is not a stranger to recognition. In May, she was named a finalist for the Superintendent’s Innovation Award. As a finalist, she each received a $375 award, funded through a grant from Apple Federal Credit Union Educational Foundation.
She also received a $2750 Toshiba grant allowing her to purchase six MiniONE DNA Gel Electrophoresis chambers and a MiniONE PCR unit. KRHS Biology and AP Biology students will use these to copy, visualize and compare DNA samples in class.
Correll credits her success to the support she receives from her family and colleagues.
“My biggest sources of support have been my family (especially my very understanding husband who puts up with my schedule and crazy ideas), my friends, my principal, Meaghan Brill, my science supervisor, Nikki Jenkins, and Fauquier County — a wonderful county where I'm always encouraged to be creative and try new things,” she said.