National Science Teachers Association
Lincoln-West High School Chemistry Teacher at CMSD Receives Shell Science Teaching Award from National Science Teachers Association
ARLINGTON, VA — March 26, 2007 — The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching, has announced the recipients of its 2007 Teacher Awards Program, which honors K–12 teachers, professors, principals, and other educators for their outstanding achievement and innovative programs in science educationun U.S and it territories..
Olga Gueits, a chemistry teacher at Lincoln-West High School in Cleveland, OH, will receive the Shell Science Teaching Award. This award recognizes one outstanding classroom science teacher (K–12) who has had a positive impact on his or her students, school, and community through exemplary classroom science teaching. Gueits will receive her ciation award, a plaque and $10,000.00 award at a special banquet and reception at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in St. Louis taking place March 29 – April 1, 2007.
Gueits has spent much of her career inspiring students to reach beyond themselves and become empowered to control their learning. Her teaching philosophy is to provide a well written and mentally organized plan, which summarizes the use of resources, time, and opportunities based on the assumption that all students are capable of making a meaningful contribution to science. By encouraging students to act as, and use the tools of a scientist, she helps them build confidence in their contribution to the world around them, which in turn boosts their self esteem.
Gueits regularly involves her students with extracurricular science projects, such as local and regional science fairs and NASA competitions and experiments. Her students have worked with university scientists, and their work has traveled by space shuttle to the International Space Station. She also mentors colleagues and facilitates workshops and conferences. Gueits has received numerous awards for her work with her mostly limited-English-proficient, low-income students and serves as their advocate in her volunteer efforts with nonprofit community organizations and agencies.
“NSTA awardees represent the best and the brightest in science education,” said Linda Froschauer, NSTA President. “We congratulate these outstanding educators for their lifelong commitment to science education and for their innovative and creative approach to teaching our students science.”
To read more about all of the NSTA awardees, please go to: http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=53627.
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes more than 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.
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