Bruce Gorrill

Brewster Academy

This year’s secondary award winner is Bruce Gorrill from Brewster Academy in Wolfboro, NH.
He was nominated by Peter Hess, the Dean of Studies at Brewster.

Bruce has been the Science Department Chair at Brewster for the past 18 years.  During that time he has shown his commitment to Environmental Education in many ways. Bruce started and currently heads the Environmental Club which initiated a recycling program, conducts Earth Day activities, and campus wide clean up days. He designed a Freshwater Ecology course in which his students conduct weekly field studies, design research projects, and create podcasts to report out their findings. 

Bruce is a firm believer that the focus should be on the process of science instead of straight facts.  His curriculum uses 21st century skills and web 2.0 technologies to ensure his students are maximizing the benefits of technology. He is a role model to his peers in his willingness to grow and change with the current trends in education.  He was recently involved in a 3 year NSF study on technology in science education. 

Bruce inspires his students to make real changes in their lives.  Students from his class designed and presented to the head of schools a schoolwide project were his students challenged their classmates to reduce their water consumption.  Water use data was analyzed by dorm from water bills obtained from the business office.

Bruce also shows his personal commitment to the environment by working with local restaurant owners to provide him with fuel for his veggie powered car.
It is our pleasure to present this year’s secondary award to Bruce Gorrill.