Harlan  Kredit

Science, 10 – 12, Lynden Christian High, Lynden, Washington

Total years as a classroom teacher: 33


College of William and Mary Masters in Science Teaching 1967
Calvin College Bachelors Degree of Arts 1961
Calvin College Emergency Medical Technician 1980
Western Washington State University Continuing Education  
Michigan State University Continuing Education  
Idaho State University Continuing Education  
University of Wyoming Continuing Education  

Teaching Experience

1973 – 2005 Grade 10 Biology, Grade 12 Advanced Biology, Grade 11 & 12 Earth Science, Lynden Christian High School, Lynden, WA
1962 – 1973 Grade 10 Biology, Grade 12 Advanced Biology, General Science, Unity Christian High School, Hudsonville, MI
1972 – 2005 Ranger Naturalist, Yellowstone National Park
1986 – 2005 Teaching environmental education to teachers, American Wilderness Leadership School summer workshops, Jackson, WY

Special Recognition

2005 Disney Teacher Award
2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching
2004 Washington State Conservation Teacher of the Year
2003 Washington State Secondary Science Teacher of the Year
2002 Conservation Fund National Environmental Education Award
2002 Washington State Dept. of Ecology Environmental Excellence Award
2000 Adopt-A-Stream: Streamkeeper of the Year
1997 Distinguished Alumni Award – Calvin College
1995 National Educator of the Year – Safari Club International
1995 Washington State Environmental Educator of the Year
1994 National Secondary Conservation Teacher of the Year
1994 Northwest State Regional Conservation Teacher of the Year
1994 Washington State Conservation Teacher of the Year
1987 Washington State Dept. of Fisheries Governors Award


  • Harlan is adamant about the need for kids to connect to the world
    outside of their school for education to be meaningful and productive.
  • Every class of Harlan’s begins with what is called “your time” in
    which students are encouraged to share anything they recently read saw,
    observed, etc. about some current science event.

“Whether Mr. Kredit is teaching from within or outside of the
classroom (everywhere is his classroom), his wealth of knowledge, his
love for his students, and the passion for his area of instruction are

Henry D. Kok, Superintendent, Lynden Christian School

“What truly sets Mr. Kredit apart is noy how he teaches but how he
listens. He is eager to spend time talking to his students, and he is
always willing to listen to suggestions about how he could improve his
lectures. What truly sets Mr. Kredit apart is that as incredibly well as
he teaches biology, he teaches life even better.”

Tom Kok, Former Student