An Anderson Valley High School teacher took a top honor at the state science fair this week.

Math and music teacher James Snyder was been named California State Science Fair Teacher of the Year during ceremonies that took place in Los Angeles at the California State Science Fair. One of his students participating in the fair nominated him for the award. He was chosen for his ability to motivate students, encourage science fair participation, commitment to science education and guide students to have critical thinking skills.

“We really admired his ability to encourage science education,” said Kristen Denton, senior coordinator of community programs for the California Science Center Foundation, noting that he’s not even  officially a science teacher and that his involvement in the field is voluntary.

The event drew 968 students from 425 schools around the state. In addition to student projects, 2 teachers were honored for their leadership by a volunteer panel made of scientists and engineers from private industry and higher education. Snyder received a cash award of $2,000.

The presenting sponsor for this year’s event was Northrop Grumman Corporation with additional support from Chevron Corporation, Southern California Gas Company, THE MUSES of the California Science Center Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and Gilead Sciences, Inc.




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