RMS-AAPG Teacher of the Year

About the Award

The RMS-AAPG each year chooses a K-12 teacher of earth and resource science to represent the section in a competition held by the American Association of Geologists where the winner of the national Excellence in Teaching Award personally receives $3,000 and the winner's school receives $3,000. In addition, the winner gets an expense-paid trip to the annual AAPG meeting to receive the award.

Previous Winners


Jacqueline D. Bath (Thunder Ridge High School, Highlands Ranch, CO) is the 2014 Teacher of the Year. She is a ninth grade earth environmental science and a 10th-12th grade geology instructor at Thunder Ridge High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Having a geology background with experience in the oil and gas industry, Mrs. Bath has made her teaching of natural resources relevant through innovative teaching techniques combined with actual knowledge of what the resources are, what they are used for and how they are exploited. By bringing in professionals from industry, for example to run "The Oil Game" simulation, she allows interaction between students and people who actually make a living in the natural resource arena. After being selected for this award, Mrs. Bath moved on to be a nominee for the AAPG national Teacher of the Year Award which she won and was awarded at the All-Convention luncheon at this year’s AAPG Annual Convention.

President Sue Cluff presents Teacher of Year Award to Jackie Bath.


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