Monday Mission, 3/22/10
Allan Phipps (Samford biology graduate of 1996) is a man on a mission . . . a mission to engage his students in scientific discovery. From Florida's SunSentinel.com:
"Hands-on learning reaches another level in Allan Phipps' environmental science classes at South Plantation High School. His students have built solar-powered race cars, constructed 500-pound balls to replace destroyed coral reefs and audited their school's energy use to learn about carbon footprints. They've written grants and won competitions and multiple honors for their work — including $50,000 in scholarships and grants last year as part of the Lexus Eco Challenge. On Friday, Phipps' lessons earned him a prize of his own: Broward's Teacher of the Year.
"Count South Plantation's principal, David Basile, among Phipps' many fans. Basile credits Phipps with raising the level of both students and teachers at the school, inspiring them to work at their highest levels. 'I wish I had 50 of him,' Basile said after Phipps' victory, adding: 'He sees the value of pushing his kids to go as high as they can.'"
The world is better because of the creativity and persistence of Allan Phipps.
ABOUT SAMFORD UNIVERSITY -- Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 3rd among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.