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Cedarcrest teacher Bruce Murdock named WSSEF ‘Science Teacher of the Year’

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD
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Cedarcrest science instructor Bruce Murdock was named Washington State Science Teacher of the Year at the state science fair in April. Photo by Leanne Christensen
At the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (WSSEF) held last month, CHS students were not the only ones acknowledged for their passion and dedication to the world of science. Cedarcrest’s own science teacher Bruce Murdock was the proud recipient of the notable "Science Teacher of the Year Award."

During the award presentation, Mr. Murdock was clearly humbled as he listened to the many inspiring comments shared about his work. He was described as "the embodiment of what everyone wants their child to have as a science teacher; kind, patient, innovative, hilarious, passionate and knowledgeable." The presenter continued to share first hand accounts from students: "Mr. Murdock’s classes are a fun and engaging experience, and his science puns are legendary!" Students even appreciated his bonus credit questions describing them as "incredibly awesome and randomly creative."

Mr. Murdock has been teaching science at Cedarcrest since 2005. He was voted by his department the very next year to become their department head. Under his leadership, the department has restructured both course offerings and the science curriculum.

Advanced Placement and honors courses have increased as well as the number of students who have enrolled in these courses. Mr. Murdock recreated the Science Fair at Cedarcrest. The number of participants as well as the award winners at both the local and state levels has increased tremendously each year.

This is not the first time Mr. Murdock’s teaching has been honored. In 1995 he was recognized as a Tandy Technology Teacher, and in 2004 he was awarded Fayette County High School Teacher of the Year for both the 2003 and 2004 school years.

Cedarcrest Principal Clarence Lavarias says, "We are fortunate to have such a quality teacher working with our students as Bruce Murdock. His knowledge, experience and overall concern for student success for so many years make his receiving of this award long overdue."

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