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FISD Science Teachers Named Outstanding Teachers of the Year

Dec 12, 2016

Two Frisco ISD science teachers are winners of the 2016 Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT) awards.

STAT members from across the state made nominations for the awards, which recognize excellence and creativity in the classroom, outstanding classroom management and proper safety procedures.

Nelson Middle School sixth grade science teacher Celeste Hanvey was named Outstanding Elementary Science Teacher of the Year. She previously taught third and fourth grades at Curtsinger and Scott elementary schools and served on the elementary fourth grade curriculum writing team for three years.

“Ms. Hanvey’s contribution to FISD’s curriculum, passion for learning and dedication to science in the classroom continues to well surpass expectations,” said Laura Lee McLeod, elementary science coordinator for Frisco ISD.

Norris Elementary fifth grade teacher Laura Newell was named Outstanding Rookie Teacher of the Year. Newell is in her third year of teaching and has served on the fifth grade curriculum writing team.

“Her rapport and enthusiasm is noted with students in her classroom,” McLeod said. “Students in her class are engaged in hands-on investigations that connect their learning through integration of 21st century skills.”

Both educators received a plaque and $1,000 from award sponsor Chevron. They were honored last month at the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST) in San Antonio.

STAT is a non-profit organization of elementary, middle and high school teachers, college educators, and supervisors of science. As a resource for science education, STAT is dedicated to ensuring that all students are scientifically and technologically literate. STAT is a chapter of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and serves as a unified voice and network for science teachers across the state of Texas. The organization informs members about current trends in science education and provides opportunities to view the latest in technology, curriculum, materials and services. STAT represents more than 6,400 members.