The official biography below was current at the time of the award.
David “Brian” McDowell is currently a STEM and science teacher at Highlands Middle School in northern Kentucky. He spent the previous seventeen years of his 26-year teaching tenure facilitating STEM and science experiences for Mason County Middle School.
At Brian’s previous school, he developed the Teaching in the Margins trail. Margin activities included a dinosaur trackway, bone assemblage, bird blind, and others, all intended to foster excitement, spontaneity, and improvisation to prompt students to take risks. Using the dinosaur trackway as inspiration, he co-authored an article for the NSTA's Science Scope called "Making Sense of Dinosaur Tracks."
Brian has received the Kentucky Science Teachers Association’s Middle School Teacher of the Year Award; NSTA’s Inquiry Based Teaching Award; NSTA's Robert E. Yager Exemplary Teaching Award; and has been awarded more than $70,000 in grants.
Brian has a B.S. and Master's in Biological Education from Miami University of Ohio. He achieved his National Board Certification in Early Adolescence/Science in 2011 and re-certified in 2020.
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