PHS teacher wins Teacher of Promise Award
PHS teacher wins Teacher of Promise Award
Posted on 02/06/2013
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Jason Purser, a teacher at Pepperell High School has been selected as the 2013 High School Science Teacher of Promise for the state of Georgia by the Georgia Science Teachers Association (GTSA).   Each year GSTA recognizes excellence in science teaching through the Science Teacher awards and recognition program.  The Science Teacher of Promise award recognizes the beginnings of excellence in the teaching of science and a commitment to its improvement.  The GSTA Award winners will be honored at a special awards banquet on February 23, 2013 at the Library Ballroom in Macon.  

 

Purser began his teaching career with Floyd County Schools at Coosa High School where he taught and coached tennis for one year before transferring to his current position at Pepperell High School. In his two years of teaching, he has taught courses at all grades in high school including Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, and Human Anatomy.

 

“The purpose of education is to equip students with the confidence, knowledge, and skills needed for success in life,” Purser said. “While my job is to teach students science skills, my personal goal is to convey that information in a way that is practical to the student.” In his application essay, Mr. Purser described how he strives to accomplish his goals for teaching by integrating technology and real-world learning experiences. “I make the learning relevant to their world,” he wrote.

 

Purser earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Shorter University, where he graduated with honors in May of 2011.  He is active in the community as a minister of youth at his church. He and his wife, Paige Wilson Purser, reside in Rockmart.

 

The Georgia Science Teachers Association is a professional organization dedicated to improving science teaching at all levels, pre-school through university.  The mission of GSTA is to provide leadership and service for science education.  The current membership of over 2,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, and representatives of business and industry.