Science teachers Virginia Hall of Mary G Montgomery High School and Julie Neidhardt of Hutchens Elementary were recently honored for excellence in their field.
Hall has been named Alabama’s Outstanding Earth Science Teacher for 2017 by the Alabama chapter of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. This is part of a national program of the NAGT to encourage the teaching of earth science. As the Alabama state winner, she will automatically be considered for the section award. Section award winners are then eligible for the national award.
Neidhart has been selected as a 2017 STEM Teacher Ambassador by the National Science Teachers Association and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. These ambassadors will attend a week of training in June in the Washington, D.C., area, learning from inside-the-beltway leaders on major issues including key federal STEM programs, the role and impact of STEM research, professional learning and growth, equity, standards and assessments in order to be an effective advocate for STEM education in their states and nationally.
Only teachers who have been honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are invited to become STEM Teacher Ambassadors. Neidhart earned that honor last summer.
Neidhardt has been an educator in Mobile County Public Schools for 18 years, teaching previously at Dawes Intermediate and Semmes Elementary. During her career, she initiated and co-facilitated an after-school astronomy club for third through fifth grades. She participates in professional learning communities and curriculum development in science. She is also a trainer in the system, working with teachers to provide hands-on, brain-based strategies for the K–12 classroom. She is certified as a Sally Ride Science trainer, and was selected to attend the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy.