By Sally Zimmerman
Holt Journal staff writer
The National Outstanding Biology Teacher Award is given to one teacher from each state that exhibits characteristics of an experienced, inspiring educator in the biology field. In 2012, the award was given to Heather Peterson of Holt, Mich. Peterson is a biology teacher at Holt Senior High School who uses unique teaching methods to engage her students and enhance learning. Peterson does not use a textbook. Instead, she tries to put a fun twist on learning by making classes more hands-on.