BELLOWS FALLS -- A 1993 graduate of Bellows Falls Union High School recently won a national award for her innovative forensic science program at Oyster River High School in Durham, N.H.
Celeste Best was one of 100 teachers across the country to receive the ING Financial Services Unsung Heroes Award. It is given to teacher who plans to use the $2,000 award to finance a teaching program.
According to Foster’s Daily Democrat in Portsmouth, N.H., Best teaches biology, forensics, anatomy and physiology. Her application for a grant detailed the use of iPads to photograph selected areas of nature on a periodic basis.
The photos will then be assembled in a time-lapse form.
"We’re going to be getting the kids to be working on kind of a citizen science program," Best told Foster’s. "We’re going to be working in a hardwood forest and in an open field area, measuring how things change over time."
In 2011, Best was awarded the National Science Teachers Association’s Vernier Award. In 2010 she received the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Award and in 2009, the New Hampshire Pat Keyes Award.
After graduating from BFUHS, Best attended Bowdoin College, in Brunswick, Maine, and received her master’s degree from Lesley College in Boston. She lives in Barrington, N.H., with her husband, Jason, and daughter, Vivian.