Educator Recruitment, Preparation, and Recognition
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
2010 New Jersey STATE FINALISTS
Rebecca McLelland-Crawley has been teaching science in Perth Amboy High School for 11 years and has taught a variety of courses, including Biology, Introductory Physical Science, and Integrating Science and Technology. She also taught Astronomy, Ecology, Genetics, and Physics for two years while working at William C. McGinnis School in Perth Amboy. She is currently teaching Biology, Marine Science and Advanced Placement Environmental Science.
Service learning is an important component to Rebecca's classroom. Students in her Environmental Science and Marine Science courses adopted a local habitat, Willow Pond, and worked with the city of Perth Amboy and environmental engineers to successfully restore the pond through a $700,000 Green Acres Grant.The students, known as the Watershed Stewards, work monthly to clean the area surrounding the urban pond, both on foot and with their rowboat. Rebecca and her students also conduct cleanups throughout the community and attend city council meetings to present information on environmental issues in Perth Amboy.
Field trips, authentic investigations, and technology are key aspects to Rebecca's teaching. She is a firm believer in No Child Left Indoors and takes her students to a variety of sites within the Raritan Watershed to conduct field work for water quality investigations. Her students also present lessons of their findings to younger students at the elementary schools in Perth Amboy in person and through Skype sessions.The students create podcasts and iMovie versions of lab reports and upload them to the class Web site and iTunes U class site.
Rebecca is the Co-President of the Biology Teachers Association of New Jersey has presented at the New Jersey Science Teacher Convention on topics such as Service Learning, National Board Certification, Ecology Nature of Science, iMovies and Wikis, Environmental Course Draft, and Biology Demo Den. She has also presented workshops throughout the state on bioinformatics, bioscience career awareness, and the New Jersey Biology Core Curriculum Content Standard revisions.
She has contributed to numerous statewide and international curricula projects on stem cells, the nature of science through ecology, and teaching biology through the lens of breast cancer genetics.
Rebecca, a National Board Certified Teacher, has a B.A. in Biology from Kean University. She obtained her M.S. in Integrating Technology in the Classroom from Walden University, where she is currently a doctoral candidate. She was recognized as Teacher of the Year for Perth Amboy High School in 2005 and was named the New Jersey Phi Delta Kappa/Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year in 2005.