We are proud to announce and extend congratulations to Thurston science teacher, Holly Hereau, and Fisher 4th grade teacher, Katie Stevenson, who will each be highly honored with an award in 2019 from the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA). This is the first time both the High School Teacher of the Year and the Elementary Teacher of the Year have been chosen from the same school district! In the selection process MSTA looks for teachers who model best practices, demonstrate innovative teaching strategies, and who are excellent role models and an inspiration to students and teachers. Both Holly and Katie will be recognized for these and other contributions to science education at the MSTA Annual Science Conference in March.
Holly Hereau will be honored as the MSTA 2019 High School Teacher of the Year! Under Holly’s guidance, her students are currently working on a watershed project on the district grounds that they have planned and are carrying out with the help of the Dan Wolz Clean Water Education Grant that Holly was awarded by MSTA last school year. Holly has also been actively engaged in the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in our district schools as well as with her peers at the state and national levels.
Katie Stevenson will be honored as the MSTA 2019 Elementary Teacher of the Year! Katie has been helping to lead area teachers through training with the Next Generation Science Exemplar (NGSX), a web-based system for professional development of science educators that focuses on the new science standards and the National Research Council K-12 Science Education Framework. Katie also participates in MSTA conference preparations and has assisted in writing the 4th grade science curriculum. Katie is also currently a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching.