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July 25, 2018


Veteran MRH Biology Teacher Receives High Honor

MRH biology teacher Chuck McWilliams"Don't know much about history; don't know much biology," - Sam Cooke, What a Wonderful World

Those classic song lyrics do NOT apply to veteran MRH science teacher Chuck McWilliams, who this week was named Missouri's Outstanding Biology Teacher for 2018. The award comes from the Missouri chapter of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT).

McWilliams has spent the past 24 years as a teacher-leader in the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District, where he has taught a wide variety of life science courses, including Biology, AP Biology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Zoology, and Science Seminar. In addition to his teaching Students celebrate award for biology teacher Chuck McWilliamsload, McWilliams serves as the Co-Director of the Masters in Biology for Science Teachers Program through the Washington University Institute for School Partnership. Through this program, he leads multiple cohorts of teachers through a content-heavy graduate program that is designed to be directly applied to the classroom. He has also served as a lab manager for the Washington University Clover Project, which provides high school students with an opportunity to participate in real scientific research in a laboratory.

McWilliams holds a B.A. in Biology Education from the University of Northern Iowa, an M.A. in secondary education from the University of Missouri at St. Louis, an M.S. in Biology from Washington University, a Global Awareness/Civic Education Graduate Certification from Maryville University, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in STEM Education from the University of Missouri in St. Louis.

McWilliams will be honored at the NABT Honors Luncheon on November 10 at the 2018 NABT Professional Development Conference in San Diego, CA.

More information about the award can be found at

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.