Joel Truesdell

Kea'au, HI | Years Taught: 35

Joel, a retired high school chemistry teacher, successfully used Hawaiian culture as a basis for teaching and learning in his classroom. His indoor classroom was a “standard chemistry room with lab benches and a fume hood.” The outdoor classroom was potting and staging area for growing seedlings for a Hawaiian reforestation as well as the forest itself.

Additional Recognition

  • 2021-2022 • Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship, USGS/ Department of the Interior
  • 2017 • Shell National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Award
  • 2013 • Environmental Teaching Award Finalist, NSTA and Seaworld/Busch Gardens