Left to right: Luella Stelch, Sandy Powell and David Moon.
This month, we are recognizing the great science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers who have received awards at the state and national levels for their hard work in the classroom.
Merrie Rampy, a science teacher at Highland High School in Craigmont, Idaho was the grand prize winner of the Shell Science Lab Challenge. Teachers submitted their innovative approaches to delivering quality lab experiences with limited school and laboratory resources for a chance to win a $20,000 school science lab makeover. Ms. Rampy also won an all-expense-paid trip for two teachers to the 2013 National Science Teachers Association National Conference on Science Education in San Antonio.
Shawn Tiegs, a math and science teacher at Nezperce High School in Nezperce, Idaho was selected as part of the 2013-2014 Albert Einstein Distinguished Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C. Mr. Tiegs was one of 27 fellows selected from nearly 200 applicants through a competitive application and interview process. For the next 11 months, Mr. Tiegs will work in a Federal agency or U.S. Congressional office sharing his classroom STEM experience at the national level.
Luella Stelck, a gifted and talented teacher at West Park and Lena Whitmore Elementary Schools in Moscow, Idaho was honored as one of the 2013 GIANTS Award recipients. Ms. Stelck uses neuroscience, aeronautics, activity-based chemistry, robotics and other theme-based units to innovatively integrate and apply science and technology in her classroom. She also coordinates the chemistry and chess clubs, We Do Lego programs, and Math and Field days in the schools she serves.
David Moon, a teacher at North Idaho STEM Charter Academy in Rathdrum, Idaho was also honored as one of the 2013 GIANTS Award recipients. Mr. Moon uses rocketry to teach his students the relevance of math and T-bots, Minds-I and First Lego League to teach his students to build, program, test and revise their product.
Sandy Powell, a chemistry, physics, and physical science teacher at Emmett High School in Emmett, Idaho was the final 2013 GIANTS Award recipient. Ms. Powell assists with the Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars program and organizes numerous elementary science teaching opportunities, science fairs, guest speakers, and STEM field trips for her students.
Congratulations to all our award winning Idaho teachers!