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Champion Middle School teacher named top environmental educator

Dave Murduck previously was awarded the 2016 Arthur Holden Jennings Science Award for Excellence.
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Judy Braus, executive director of the North American Association for Environmental Education, and Champion Middle School teacher Dave Murduck are seen at NAAEE's award ceremony. (Photo courtesy of Melissa Blackall)

BRISTOLVILLE — Dave Murduck, a teacher at Champion Middle School, has been recognized as the 2019 K-12 Environmental Educator of the Year by the North American Association for Environmental Education.

Murduck was recognized for his work in creating a learning lab that monitors stormwater drainage in a local prairie and wetland, which required securing funding for plugs, seeds and equipment.

“Dave Murduck exemplifies the key characteristics of an outstanding environmental educator,” Judy Braus, executive director of NAAEE, said in a news release. “He uses creativity in the classroom, facilitates student learning and community engagement and demonstrates the importance of modeling leadership and collaboration. His students are so lucky to have him as their teacher and mentor.”

Murduck previously was awarded the 2016 Arthur Holden Jennings Science Award for Excellence, was a top four finalist in the Ohio Teacher of the Year program and was the Environmental Education Council of Ohio’s 2018 Outstanding Environmental Educator in the Field of Formal Education.