Edward C. Keller III

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Title: Science Teacher (Retired)
Company: Morgantown High School
Location: Morgantown, West Virginia, United States

Edward C. Keller III, Retired Science Teacher at Morgantown High, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements and leadership in science.

Mr. Keller’s father was a professor and moved his family often. As a consequence, Mr. Keller went to four elementary schools, two junior high schools, and three high schools. Any friends he made were temporary and his education was very choppy. He had difficulty reading and did not learn to read well until junior high school. By the time he entered college, he realized that there needed to be a change in the public schools to better serve the needs of their students. This led him to get into education. His fondness of science was encouraged by his father in whose lab he often visited after school. Mr. Keller matriculated at West Virginia University, earning a Bachelor of Science in secondary education in 1976 and a Master of Arts in science education in 1985. Upon completion of his degrees, he received a permanent Professional Teaching Certificate and a permanent Professional Supervising Teacher Certificate.

 

Mr. Keller began his teaching career at Sabraton Junior High School in 1976 as a science teacher. From there, he moved to South Junior high School in 1980, holding the same position. In 1988, he became a science teacher at Second Ward Elementary School, staying there until it closed in 1991. He moved then to Mountainview Elementary School and in 1995 joined Morgantown High School, where he remained until retirement in 2002. Mr. Keller has been the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding educational work, including a 1986 National Science Foundation Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, a 1990 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, and several accolades from the West Virginia Department of Education. He is most proud of being named to the West Virginia University College of Human Resources and Education Hall of Fame, an honor he shares with his father.

In addition to his classroom work, Mr. Keller assisted the West Virginia State Department of Education in developing guidelines/policies for the state. He spent six summers working with a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Youth Scholars Program specifically targeted for students with disabilities, developing materials and teaching in areas of marine, estuarine, and coastal environments. Mr. Keller spent another four summers teaching over 150 West Virginia classroom teachers the principles of geology and the geology of West Virginia (in conjunction with the West Virginia Economic and Geological Survey) in a project also funded by the National Science Foundation. Based on his experience, Mr. Keller authored several papers and case studies on adaptive teaching methods and educational outcomes for students with disabilities. He has been a presenter at dozens of national and regional educational conferences, including being an exhibitor at eight National Science Teachers Associations Conventions. Since his retirement, he has focused on travel, writing, and jewelry and metalsmithing practices. He authored “Clare’s Tomato” in 2016, which is a book for young readers. He aspires to publish more in the future.

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