Steve Rapp

Abingdon, VA | Years Taught: 1969 – Present

Steve believes that students learn science most effectively when they can see that science is relevant and meaningful to their everyday lives. He also believes that students learn best when they actually do science. Dr. Rapp says the absolutely most effective learning occurs when students become “cognitive apprentices” to an expert. Dr. Rapp likes to think of himself as a facilitator or advisor helping to provide a productive learning environment for all his students. He believes his students see him as a facilitator, one that can make things happen for them. One who can provide unique, useful learning opportunities and one who can help equip them for the highway of life.

Additional Recognition

  • 2009 • Virginia Education Association Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2005 • Thomas Brennan Award for Excellence in Astronomy Teaching
  • 1997 • Tandy Technology Prize for Excellence in Mathematics, Science, and Computer Science