Distinguished Alumnus 2002
James H. Calaway
James Calaway was born in Monahans, Texas, and graduated from high school in Eagle Pass, Texas. He received a bachelor's in biology from Cameron in 1978 and a masters of education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He has been a ninth grade science teacher at MacArthur Junior High School since 1981. He teaches a graduate course at Cameron and is a mentor for Cameron education majors.
During his teaching career, he has received more than 1.5 million dollars of grants and in-kind funds for collaborative programs, projects and student field trips. His book, "Grant Writing for the Classroom Teacher", has helped others raise millions of dollars for their projects. He has been recognized on the local, state and national level with more than 18 awards including Oklahoma's highest teaching award, the Oklahoma Medal of Excellence in 2001; the National Science Teaching Award presented to the top science teacher in the nation in 2000; the Presidential Award for Secondary Science Teaching from the National Science Foundation in 1997; and was county, state, regional and among the top five nationally for the 1992 Conservation Teacher of the Year. He has been involved in numerous enrichment activities with his students including a five-acre wildlife outdoor classroom called the "hiding place," which was made possible with the $100,000 he raised for the project. He has presented over 50 seminars and teacher in-services throughout Oklahoma and the United States.
Other members of the Calaway family are among Cameron's alumni. He met his wife Janet while they were students at Cameron. His daughter Jennifer and her husband Chris Keller, and his son Adam have all graduated from Cameron and daughter-in-law Elizabeth Calaway plans to attend.