The North Central STEM Region’s 2018 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award honoree is Teresa Green, a technology teacher librarian at Edwards Elementary School in Ames. Green began her teaching career as a music teacher in Andrew and Colfax, Iowa, implementing STEM concepts in her music education through rhythmic notation and fractions, musical instrument building and studying musical patterns.
Green created the Edwards Elementary STEM Makerspace and has now taken on the role of makerspace manager and STEM leader. An award of the “Making STEM Connections” STEM Scale-Up Program through the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council has helped advance her efforts.
Green has also partnered with the local robotics club, Team Nutrino, to bring basic robotics programming to the school. They host clubs and after-school hours for grades 2-5, and many of these students have gone on to participate in Ames Middle School’s robotics teams and compete in regional FIRST Lego League Competitions. She has also partnered with the Central Iowa Institute of Electrical and Electric Engineers (IEEE) chapter to teach her students about circuits and applications in small electronics.
This STEM Teacher Award, sponsored by Kemin Industries, recognizes and celebrates one teacher from each of the six STEM regions who goes above and beyond to increase his/her student’s interest in STEM. Each recipient is recognized for his/her dedication in representing I.O.W.A.; by being Innovative in his/her methods, Outstanding in his/her passion for education, Worldly in the way he/she helps students see that STEM is all around them, and Academic through engaging students in the classroom to prepare them for higher education and high-demand careers.
For more information about the award and all current and previous recipients, please visit www.stemaward.fluidreview.com.