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TMSG: Holt Biology Teacher Top in the Nation


One local high school teacher is using her love of science to impact more than just her students. In fact, her peers in Michigan and across the country have made quite the "conclusion" about her inspiring methods.

Inside Heather Peterson's Holt biology classroom, you'll find all the familiar fixtures: the charts, the diagrams, the creatures, the equipment, except for one.

"We don't use a textbook, we don't go chapter by chapter. We use case studies and units and do hands-on activities. They are up everyday," said Peterson.

Up and into it. From experiments on reflexes to creative question and answer sessions, these students get excited about science. And they say it's all because their teacher is the best.

Peterson was awarded the top Michigan educator in her field. Recently, the 21-year teaching veteran and MSU alum was named outstanding biology teacher of the year for the state and one of the best in the nation. She says the subject has always been a favorite and likes the human systems.

"I go back to my days in Portland High School, I had some great science teachers. I loved biology, just couldn't wait," said Peterson.

The fact nearly all of her students feel the same way too now, is a fitting conclusion to that initial hypothesis.

"That's the heart and soul of why I went into teaching, when you can have those conversations and they're really interested in how everything works, tt's wonderful, it's an amazing feeling," said Peterson.

Peterson chairs the science department for Holt Schools also is teaching human anatomy and physiology. She also serves as an MSU mentor for biology majors.

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