Harrisonburg High School teacher Myron Blosser '83, MA '98 has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. (Courtesy photo/DNR)

STEM teacher Myron Blosser ’83, MA ’98 wins Presidential Award

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.

This is the latest honor for the 38-year veteran. In 2019, he received the Genetics Education Award at a conference in San Diego. He was named the top biology teacher in Virginia in 2013.

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.

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  1. Congratulations Myron! Your community is so proud of you. You have inspired so many and continue to do so. What a well-deserved award.

  2. Congratulations, Myron
    Educating has always been a goal of mine as well; however, it never developed in the school system such as yours has done so well and received deserved recognition. My experience in the public school is limited to one year of teaching math and a number of years volunteering with Junior Achievement to work with high school students in creating, running, then dissolving a small business in the space of about 12 weeks.

  3. Congratulations Myron!! Harrisonburg is so proud of your accomplishments. Thank you for your dedication to our students!

    Dawn Miller Sander, EMU graduate 2010 MA

  4. Congratulations Myron. This honor is well deserved. You have exhibited the best qualities of an effective science educator with both academic rigor and human compassion. May your tribe increase.

  5. Congratulations, Myron! I knew you when you were just a little guy, and I was a student at EMU. I borrowed your parents car to go to WV to apply for a teaching job in Randolph County in the middle of a snowstorm and ended up teaching there for 39 years! I am so proud of you! Rachel Snavely (Rader)

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