Science comes alive for the students of Mark Weaver, science teacher at Clay Junior High School in Carmel. Under his tutelage, students transformed a neglected drainage area next to the school into an outdoor ecology laboratory, now affectionately called "Weaver's Pond." Weaver teaches outdoor survival skills to students during Native American and Great Explorers Survival Week, and helps them explore areas of environmental significance through the Naturalists Club. In 1996, Weaver received a Golden Apple Teachers grant, with which he traveled to Manitoba, Canada, to observe the polar bear migration, an experience he shared with his students via phone and computer. He further shared this experience through a film he created called Churchill: A Northern Adventure. Weaver's awards include the 2004 Indiana State Teacher of the Year.
1981 Butler University, B.S.