Photo of Visiting Instructor of Education Jeff Yelton

MEH 121


M.S. – Biology – Ball State University (1980)

B.S. Secondary Education, Major Biology, Minor Physical Education Ball State University (1971)


Visiting Lecturer and Director of the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Program – he supervises and mentors current WW Fellows and students during field placement and student teaching.  He started at Valparaiso University in January of 2015 as an adjunct professor for the Education Department teaching Secondary and Elementary Science methods courses. He began his teaching career in Hammond School Corporation where he taught biology and advanced biology for 9½ years.  In 1981, he moved to the Merrillville Community Schools Corporation teaching biology/zoology/botany/AP biology/marine biology for 30 years before retiring in 2011.  In 1997, seizing upon opportunity to teach science in the real world, he introduced a new course, Marine Biology, to the science department at Merrillville High School. Taught only during the summer, the course included traveling to the Key Largo for a week with his marine biology students to complete coral reef surveys and submit the data to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He taught the course for 19 years until he retired from teaching in 2011. He received the Tandy Technology Scholars Outstanding Teacher Award in 1991, Inland Steel Ryerson Foundation Teacher of the Year in 1993, and a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction, 2007. He has presided over and given presentations at numerous conferences at the local and state level. A dedicated and passionate classroom instructor, he emphasizes the necessity for rigor, relevance and relationships in instruction.

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