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Kenneth Zellner (PA '94)


At the time of the Award, Kenneth Zellner was:

Kernsville Elementary School
Orefield, PA

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 5

Biographical Information

Kenneth Zellner last taught fifth graders at Kernsville Elementary School in Orefield and served his district as the coordinator of elementary curriculum and instruction. "Elementary students," he says, "when engaged in science instruction, should be doing the work of scientists using the tools of scientists and discussing the current impacts of science on society." To advance that goal, Mr. Zellner painstakingly developed an activity-based science program that was adopted by 150 educators. At the Parkland School District, Mr. Zellner was responsible for the planning, implementing and monitoring of the K-5 curriculum and instruction. He has also worked with over 30 student teachers during his career, has helped colleagues "improve their instructional techniques through the process approach, demonstrations, and utilizing the outdoors to make learning relevant." In addition, he taught education courses to pre-service teachers at a local college. Mr. Zellner is a 1992 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching.

Additional Information


1971 M. Ed., Elementary education, Kutztown University

1967 B.S., Elementary Education, Kutztown University

Assessment, Science, State Standards