Michigan Science Teacher Receives 2013 Shell Science Teaching Award

  Michigan Science Teacher Receives 2013 Shell Science Teaching Award

 Gary Koppelman Wins $10,000 Cash Prize for Positive Impact on His Students,
      School and Community through Exemplary Classroom Science Teaching

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ARLINGTON, Va. -- May 08, 2013

Shell Oil Company and the National Science Teachers Association today
announced that Gary Koppelman, a fifth grade science teacher at Blissfield
Community Schools in Blissfield, Mich. is the recipient of the 2013 Shell
Science Teaching Award. Koppelman received his award at a special banquet and
ceremony at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education held April 11-
14, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas.

“Science education combines the use of observation, intuition, experimentation
and analysis – all necessary skills for independent and critical thinkers,”
said Dr. Frazier Wilson, Vice President, Shell Oil Company Foundation and
Director, Social Investment, Shell Oil Company. “As our society becomes
increasingly dependent on technology, these skills create the foundation for
science careers, as well as scientific thinking, to bear on issues that impact
all citizens. As Shell celebrates the 22^nd anniversary of the Shell Science
Teaching Award, we salute Gary Koppelman for inspiring the next generation of
science innovators that will help meet future global energy needs.”

For nearly four decades, Koppelman has been a devoted teacher and a passionate
member of the science education community. He not only teaches his students
science in the school’s 2,400-square-foot Blissfield Environmental Life Lab
(BELL) he envisioned and helped develop, he also gives them the opportunity
and freedom to explore firsthand with real-life experiences. With an arboretum
and terrarium furnished with a freshwater stream/pond, butterfly house,
saltwater ecosystem, an aviary, a herpetological area and an invertebrate zoo
as his classroom, Koppleman uses a hands-on, minds-on approach to the
curriculum he teaches. Students are transformed into scientists, botanists,
and zookeepers through the various experiments they conduct, observations they
make, and interactions they have with the animals and plants they help take
care of in the lab.

Koppelman’s passion for the subject drives him to continually seek more
knowledge, resources and funding to help him reach every single student he
teaches. It is truly only his dedication to his students that outweighs his
love of science. Many of Koppelman’s former students credit his positive
influence in their becoming industry leaders and educators in the fields of
animal science, biology, chemistry and physics. “Every day was an adventure in
his classroom,” said a local professor whom Koppelman mentored.

“Science educators do a lot more than just teach, they inspire,” said Dr.
David Evans, NSTA Executive Director. “Gary Koppelman is a shining example of
this. He showcases everything that is outstanding in a quality science
teacher. On behalf of NSTA, I offer my congratulations and thanks to Mr.
Koppelman for his dedication to excellence in science education and the
ingenuity, inspiration and world-class education he provides to his students
every day.”

Koppelman received the Shell Science Teaching Award for his positive impact on
his students, school and community through exemplary classroom science
teaching. He received a $10,000 cash prize from Shell and an all-expense paid
trip to attend the NSTA National Conference.

In addition to Koppelman, two finalists were selected. Bridgette Sparks, a
science teacher at Saline High School in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Joel Truesdell,
a science teacher at Kamehameha Schools: Hawaii High School Campus in Hilo,
Hawaii, received all-expense paid trips to attend the conference and were
recognized for their achievements at the awards banquet and ceremony in San

For more information about the Shell Science Teaching Award and the NSTA
Teacher Awards Program, please go to

About NSTA

The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association (NSTA),
www.nsta.org, is the largest professional organization in the world promoting
excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's
current membership includes more than 55,000 science teachers, science
supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry
representatives, and others involved in science education.

About Shell Oil Company

Shell’s commitment to community and social responsibility has been in place
for more than 50 years. During this time, we have contributed more than a
billion dollars to support community, health and welfare, environmental, arts
and cultural activities, various educational initiatives, including minority
education, and diversity and inclusiveness programs in Houston and the U.S.

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