A wonderful surprise occurred during the 2014 presentation of the Texas Medical Association's (TMA's) Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching. Dallas cardiologist Richard Snyder II, MD, recognized the woman receiving the high school teacher award, Janet Jones of Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, as his old high school biology teacher.
"I was so tickled by that, because she was my inspiration that really triggered in me an interest in medicine and biology," said Dr. Snyder.
Not long after Ms. Jones received her award, another physician came forward as one of her past pupils. "I am who I am because of the mentors that have come into my life, and Jan Jones is one of those people," said Jason Terk, MD, a Keller pediatrician and former student at Jesuit College Prep.
The special moment reaffirmed that the award’s mission, to recognize excellent science teachers in hopes they will inspire young minds enough that one day they might pursue a career as a physician … really is possible.