- Medal of Honor: Andrine Shufran (left)
- President's Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Primary Education: Lara Guerra (right, top)
- President's Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Secondary Education: Gregory Bisbee (right, bottom)
The Entomological Foundation Medal of Honor was established in 2007 and is the highest award presented by the Foundation. It is given only to those who have made outstanding contributions toward fulfillment of the Foundation’s mission or entomological outreach.
Since 2003, Dr. Andrine Shufran has been coordinator of the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Insect Adventure entomology education program and facility, and in 2008 she became an associate specialist for youth within the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. This educational program travels far and wide, giving approximately 550 individual presentations and trainings on entomology and entomologically related topics annually. These presentations include professional ag development, classroom visits, community events, summer camps, insect collection trainings, 4-H projects, scouting badges, and open public hours. Topics include pollination, venomous arthropods, entomophagy, decomposers, insect art, and the ever-popular live petting zoo. To fulfill these presentations, Dr. Shufran maintains the OSU Insect Adventure facility, which houses 75 species of live arthropods. Dr. Shufran has been involved with the Entomological Foundation since 2010, serving on the Boards of Directors and Counselors. She has three degrees from institutions within the Southwestern Branch of the ESA: a B.S. from Texas A&M University, an M.S. from New Mexico State University, and a Ph.D. from OSU. She has been coordinating insect expositions since 1999 and crowned this achievement with an event for 3,500 at the International Congress of Entomology in 2016. Dr. Shufran teaches two undergraduate courses at OSU: Entomology for Educators and Internship in Teaching and Outreach, which provide opportunities to use arthropods for development of teaching and public-speaking skills. She loves her job because each day is a new and dynamic experience. Off-campus, Dr. Shufran enjoys gardening, reading, skeet, and time with her husband and two dogs. With thousands of arthropods to care for daily, she does not keep any as pets.
PRESIDENT’S PRIZE FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN PRIMARY EDUCATION
This award recognizes educators who have gone beyond the traditional teaching methods by using insects as educational tools in grades K-6.
Lara Guerra teaches elementary science to girls in pre-kindergarten through second grade at the Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas. She also coordinates the Hockaday Lower School Garden and is currently developing an interdisciplinary garden curriculum for students in the Lower School. Hockaday is the largest girls’ school in the United States, and Lara has a deep belief in the transformative power of a single-sex education for girls and young women.
Lara is a Texas native and grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at a time when children would play outside until the street lights came on. She spent many happy hours with her brothers in the fields behind her house. Insects, birds, lizards, and building forts in the woods filled her formative years; in the process, she absorbed a deep love and respect for nature. Her interests in gardening and hobby beekeeping are a direct result of her childhood experiences.
Lara’s childhood experiences also inform her work as a teacher, and she is committed to providing similar hands-on learning opportunities for her young students. In the classroom, she delights in weaving the arts, humanities, and science together into a cross-curricular learning experience. She encourages her students to engage nature, and the “Wonder Wall” outside her classroom door is a repository of all of the wonderful rocks, insects, leaves, and treasures that her students find and bring to school.
Lara received her B.A. from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and her M.L.S. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
PRESIDENT’S PRIZE FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN SECONDARY EDUCATION
This award recognizes educators who have gone beyond the traditional teaching methods by using insects as educational tools in grades 7-12.
Gregory Bisbee has been teaching high school science and biology since 1988 and currently teaches biology, biotechnology, and a plant-based advanced ecology course at Arrowhead High School in Hartland, Wisconsin. He has the reputation of being “that teacher”—the one who makes class very challenging, but interesting and fun. In the words of his students, “…he’s a great teacher if you really care about learning biology.” His students planted, and now help to maintain, several acres of prairie and woodland on the school campus. It is in these areas that they conduct population studies, pollinator observations, and other lab activities. Greg is passionate about teaching and learning, and gets really excited about native plants and insects. He frequently presents at local, state, regional, and national science education conferences and has several publications. He is a past recipient of the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for Wisconsin (2007) and enjoys participating in programs that allow him to travel and work on research, always looking for new techniques to use in the classroom. He lives on a five-acre prairie with his wife, Pam, and a large, unruly Great Pyrenees named Miley.