From Left: Award Winners Elizabeth Brubaker, Jason George, Dick Jordan; First Lady Lori Otter; Honorable Mentions Mike Stansel, Tauna Johnson, and Paul Shaber.
In April, First Lady Lori Otter recognized the exceptional efforts of three Idaho Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers by presenting them with the 2012 GIANTS Award.
Timberline High School (Boise) teacher Dick Jordan; Jason George of Vision Charter School (Caldwell); and Lakeland School District's (Rathdrum) Elementary Gifted and Talented teacher Elizabeth Brubaker were awarded $2,000 each as recipients of the Governor's Industry Award for Notable Teaching in STEM (GIANTS).
"Dick, Jason, and Elizabeth serve as a model of how educators can work with industry to enhance science and technology education." Governor Otter said. "Teachers have a tremendous responsibility to prepare today's students for tomorrow's workforce. More than ever, we need teachers who can inspire students to lives spent in discovery, learning, and achievement. Those teachers who excel deserve our support and recognition."
The GIANTS program was initiated by the Office of the Governor and is sponsored by the Science and Technology Roundtable, a group of industry leaders including the Micron Foundation, Idaho National Laboratory, URS, Hewlett-Packard, LCF Enterprises, and Idaho Power Company. With support from the State Department of Education and Office of the State Board of Education, as well as the Discovery Center of Idaho, GIANTS recognizes teachers for their efforts to link industry and the economic future of Idaho to the classroom through the enhancement of science and technology education.
Honorable Mention awards of $500 each were presented to three additional teachers: Paul Shaber of Fruitland High School, Mike Stansel of Rocky Mountain Middle School (Idaho Falls), and Tauna Johnson from Genesee Elementary School.
All the participating teachers were nominated by the student council and/or parent groups at their school for making science exciting, challenging, and relevant. A cash prize of $500 goes to each school/student council that nominated the GIANTS award recipients, with a cash prize of $100 going to each school/student council that nominated the Honorable Mention award recipients.
The GIANTS partners are firmly committed to the advancement of science and technology education and consider it vital to Idaho's economic future. The Governor, First Lady, and industry partners congratulate this year's winners and honorable mentions for their significant contributions to education.
Learn more about these great teachers on our blog: http://educationidaho.blogspot.com/2012/04/first-lady-governor-honor-stem-teachers.html.