We ask our students to step out of their comfort zones and stretch their understanding in our classrooms. It is important for all in the profession to work to do the same with our practice. Reflective work helps teachers improve the craft, and this nomination provided me with an opportunity to think deeply about what I valued in my classroom. I am honored to be recognized with this award, and I am excited to work with others to make science education relevant and impactful for all students.

James Yoos Bellingham, WA | 7-12, Science, 2017

The official biography below was current at the time of the award.

James "Jamie" Yoos, a 20-year educator, has spent the last 14 years at Bellingham High School. He currently teaches 9-12th-grade Chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry but has taught a range of classes, including environmental education, biology, physics, anatomy and physiology, and sports medicine. Previously, Jamie taught at Skyline High School, Bellingham High School, and at schools in Texas and New York. Jamie builds curriculum that engages students and challenges them to become informed, responsible consumers of science. Jamie's belief in science for all has led him to work in regional, state, and national organizations. In addition to designing and implementing district professional development, he is a Washington State Emeritus Science Fellow and participated in the Partnership for Ambitious Science Teacher Leaders. In these roles, he helps science teachers adjust their craft to meet the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Jamie also participates in the peer review panel with Achieve, evaluating curriculum and its alignment to NGSS. He believes collaborating with teachers across the country helps him grow and develop as a teacher, leading to engaging, authentic learning for students. Jamie earned a B.A. from Warren Wilson College and a M.S. in education from the University of Rochester. He is National Board Certified in adolescent and young adult sciences.