Ellen C. Averill

Title: Secondary Education Science Educator (Retired), Department Chair
Location: Cataula, Georgia, United States

Ellen Averill, Retired Secondary Education Science Educator and Department Chair, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in science education.

From an early age, Ms. Averill was interested in the science and medicine fields. When her dream of going to medical school was hindered due to financial reasons, she didn’t let it break her spirit. Instead, she saw the value of continuing in the science field as an educator to help future generations. While in her first quarter of college, one of her science professors recognized her skills and enthusiasm for the field and asked her to become his graduate lab assistant from 1968 to 1971. Throughout the rest of her career, she always maintained a job of working in a laboratory. Ms. Averill earned a Bachelor of Science at the University of Georgia in 1966 and continued at the institution to receive a Master of Science in 1971. She later received an EdS from Columbus College (now Columbus State University) in 1994.

From 1966 to 1968, Ms. Averill worked as a graduate teaching assistant at her university and continued her career in academia with a science teacher position at Decatur City Schools. In 1980, she joined Kendrick High School as a teacher and chair of the science department. She remained at this school for the remainder of her career, retiring in 2004. Throughout her career, she also worked as a researcher at a variety of laboratories, including the Inhalation Toxicology Institute, the Kennedy Space Center, the Savannah Science Museum and the Woodrow Wilson Biotechnology Institute. She is the co-founder of the Georgia Coalition for Math and Science. The highlight of Ms. Averill’s career was when she served as president of the Georgia Science Teachers Association. She is a person who likes organization, so people can work together and become successful. In addition, she received a Teacher of the Year Award in 1992 an was recognized as an Outstanding Biology Teacher through the National Association of Biology Teachers. Ms. Averill currently is on the board of directors for Columbus Botanical Garden Garden and has held this role since 2016 and is the president of Harris County Woman’s Club for the second year. 

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