IOWA CITY — Regina High School science teacher Chris Murdock received the Excellence in STEM Education award at the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence in Education Awards ceremony April 22. The award is given annually to an Iowa City-area science, technology, engineering or mathematics educator.
Murdock has taught anatomy and biology at Regina High School for two years. The school’s science department chairperson, Barb Reilly, nominated Murdock for the award. She said he has made an impact on the school in his short time there, first as a student teacher and now as a full-time educator and coach for the school’s track and field and cross-country teams.
Reilly said, “As science department chair it is encouraging to see a young person excel as a science teacher in his first few years of teaching. We have had many science teachers that know their science but do not relate well to the students. Chris Murdock is an excellent blend of both. He has a tremendous knowledge base and he has a great and appropriate rapport with the students. Chris has been an outstanding addition to our science department.”
Murdock said he is thankful to be around students and faculty who support what he is doing at Regina. “Being a relatively new teacher, I am blessed to be part of such a welcoming community.”