Dr. Marvin N. Tolman is a noteworthy American educator, teaching in Utah throughout his life. Known in Utah as “the father of elementary science education,” he began his career in public schools. Tolman served as a principal and taught 3rd and 5th grade before receiving his advanced degrees. He received his master’s from the University of Utah and a Doctorate in Education from Utah State.
Dr. Tolman then became a professor at Brigham Young University for 32 years and has written several books and articles. His achievements include the Marquis’ Who’s Who and Utah’s Science Teachers Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The association created an annual award in his name that now goes to other educators who exhibit lifetime teaching excellence. Dr. Tolman implemented the “Utah Core Academy,” which offers continuing education courses to teachers statewide.