That Roger Rabold would go into education is perhaps unsurprising.

His father was a teacher for Columbus City Schools and his mother was a secretary at Dublin Coffman High School in the same district where Rabold attended school.

Still, Rabold's parents were not the only reason he felt inspired to go into education.

Rabold, who teaches in the Biomedical Research Academy at Dublin Scioto High School, also gives his old biology teacher and wrestling coach credit for his career direction. He said they helped him learn to be invested in what he does without taking things too seriously.

Rabold said he recognized the influence they had on him and it helped shape his adult life. The ability to pass that on and impact other young people, he said, is very rewarding.

Rabold, who has taught in the district since 1992, is being recognized for his efforts.

On May 18, Rabold was named Ohio science teacher of the year by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, which annually recognizes several educators.

Dublin Superintendent Todd Hoadley nominated Rabold for the award and said he stands out as one of the district's best teachers.

"Not only does Roger provide students with a great learning experience inside the classroom, but through the partnerships he has established with the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and other central Ohio institutions, his students receive firsthand learning experience and internship opportunities in actual medical settings," Hoadley said.

"Simply stated, he is a passionate educator who works tirelessly for the betterment of his students," Hoadley said.

For most of his educational career, Rabold taught Advanced Placement biology. He has taught at Scioto since 1995, when the school opened.

He also developed the district's Biomedical Research Academy for high school students. Next year, he will move with the district's other academies to the Emerald Campus facility. That campus, at 5175 Emerald Parkway, will serve as a place for juniors and seniors to go for part of their day for career-exploration programs. It is set to open this fall.

Rabold said he enjoys seeing his classes of mostly juniors and seniors in the biomedical academy grow into a learning community of friends throughout the school year.

As a recipient of the Jennings award, Rabold also received a $7,500 grant. That money, he said, will go toward developing a cardio-respiratory-themed learning unit he designed for students in the academy.

To receive such an honorable recognition is humbling, Rabold said, and many teachers deserve such an award.

"I just happened to be in the right place at the right time," he said.

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