Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tested, Toasted National Association of Biology Teachers Honors Middle School's Shapiro

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tested, Toasted National Association of Biology Teachers Honors Middle School's Shapiro

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The National Association of Biology Teachers put Barbara Shapiro's 26 years of teaching under a microscope recently and found it worthy of an award.

Shapiro teaches seventh-grade life science and technology at Francis Howell Middle School. At the association's convention Friday at the Adam's Mark Hotel downtown, she will receive the group's Melody Hall Memorial Award for outstanding work.

The presentation will be the first for the new award, which is named for a teacher from Georgia. The association will give the award every year to an elementary or middle school teacher from the area near the site of the group's convention.

Shapiro began teaching seventh and eighth grades at Hollenbeck Junior High School in the Francis Howell School District in 1976. Two years ago, she transferred to Francis Howell Middle School to teach seventh-grade science and, part-time, technology.

"These are just darling kids," Shapiro said this week. "I enjoy working with them because they love science and they are very enthusiastic. It gives me an opportunity to be at the beginning of their developing a real interest in science and math. …

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