NCSE is pleased to congratulate John S. Mead, one of NCSE's Teacher Ambassadors, on receiving the National Association of Biology Teachers Evolution Education Award — sponsored by BSCS Science Learning and the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action — for 2019. BEACON's Louise S. Mead, a former staffer at NCSE, presented the award during NABT's annual conference in Chicago.
A middle school biology teacher at St. Mark's School in Dallas, Texas, Mead was also NABT's Outstanding Biology Teacher in Texas for 2018. Mead serves as a Science Adviser for the Perot Museum’s Center for the Exploration of the Human Journey and has led students on the Pecos Wilderness Trip for 27 of the past 30 years. He is an educational board member for the American Association for Physical Anthropologists and is a board member for the Southeast Evolutionary Perspectives Society. He is also currently a member of National Geographic's MicroAmazon research team to study extremophile life in Peru's Boiling River.
Also honored by NABT in Chicago was NCSE Teacher Ambassador Blake Touchet, named as NABT's Outstanding Biology Teacher in Louisiana for 2019. Touchet is the Dual Enrollment Biology instructor for the Vermilion School District in Louisiana. He is also a Teacher Leader Advisor for the Louisiana Department of Education and a member of the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science Teacher Corps.