Myron Blosser ’83, MA ’98 has received the highest award a teacher can achieve – a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science. Blosser is co-chair of the Harrisonburg High School STEM Academy.
Blosser earned a bachelor’s degree in biology with secondary education endorsement from Eastern Mennonite University in 1983 and an MA in education with a concentration in curriculum development in 1998.
Blosser also has hosted the Shenandoah Valley Biotechnology Symposium every year, an event he started in 1994.
The process for applying for this latest award was extensive, according to a Daily News-Record article. Blosser had to submit a 30-minute video of himself teaching and then answer a number of prompts that discussed his teaching style and philosophy on teaching and education. The written materials totaled about 20 pages.
Blosser began the application process in spring 2019 after a nomination by Pat Lintner, chief academic officer for Harrisonburg City Public Schools.
Blosser said that just being nominated by Lintner was an honor, and if it had stopped at that, he would have been content.
Blosser will receive a certificate signed by President Donald Trump and $10,000. He will also travel to Washington, D.C., for an award ceremony at a later date.