As the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, Texan Shanna Peeples represents the best of more than 3 million educators in classrooms across the country. Peeples is an English teacher at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, where she teaches AP English, English as a Second Language and special education.
Submitted by: Dr. Jerry Adams, Principal at Coronado High School
Teachers are powerful influences in the lives of students. As such, one of the focuses for Coronado High School this year has been to invest in building teacher-leadership capacity. When teacher leadership capacity is fostered and supported, teachers increase their circles of influence, develop their own efficacy and exponentially grow their influential power. As such, growing teacher leaders empowers teachers to positively impact students in ways previously unexplored.
Alberto Garcia, a senior at Shallowater T-STEM Academy, received a plethora of awards this weekend at the Texas State Science Fair contest. Next he will compete next at International Science Fair in Pittsburgh, May 15-20, 2015.
Shallowater High School Science Bowl team competed at the Pantex Regional Science Bowl contest held on Saturday Febraury 21,2015. Students began preparing months in advance to answer questions about biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, energy mathematics and physics.
Dr. Jerry Adams, principal of Coronado High School in Lubbock, was elected as the 2015 Texas Association of Secondary School Principals’ (TASSP) Outstanding Secondary School Principal of the Year. Dr. Adams will now be a contender for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) National Principal of the Year award.
Brian Greene, a physics professor at Columbia University, wrote "Icarus at the Edge of Time" with a multimedia performance in mind. His book publisher suggested turning the narration into a book. The idea, he said, is to make science understandable and interesting. Many people write it off as too hard, but with “Icarus” it is combined with music and art and suddenly becomes more approachable.
Engineering is Elementary (EiE) recently endorsed De’Lila Holder, Associate Director of the Texas Tech T-STEM Center to serve as an Extended Network Professional Development (PD) Provider. The first in Texas to receive this endorsement, Ms. Holder feels honored and is excited to continue her work with Engineering is Elementary and the Boston Museum of Science.
Dr. Ketta Garduno will become the second leader in the history of the Academy of Technology, Engineering, Math & Science after John Martinez announced he has accepted a position in Lubbock ISD. Garduno has served as an instructor, counselor, district administrator and principal since beginning her career as a classroom teacher at Abilene High School in 1988.
NASA launched the Orion spacecraft Friday, December 5, 2014, into low-Earth orbit 3,604 miles above Earth, and it safely returned to Earth several hours later. NASA implemented student partnerships with three Texas STEM Centers: Texas Tech University, The University of Texas at Tyler, and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Texas Tech T-STEM Center worked with University engineering students on the Students Shaping America's Next Spacecraft (SSANS) project.
Educators often suggest that the traditional STEM topics-science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-should be joined by one more area: the arts. To explore that idea, Texas Tech University's Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering and the Texas Tech T-STEM Center hosted Texas high school students and teachers at Cool STEAM Day.
Janet Nieto, a Texas Tech student who works at the Texas Tech University (TTU) T-STEM Center, is from Presidio, a small Texas town on the Mexican border. Janet feels that several factors strongly influenced her early interest in chemistry and continuing love for the discipline: an inspiring middle school teacher in Mexico, an Integrated Physics and Chemistry class at Presidio High School, and the Presidio rocketry club.