Hutchens Elementary’s Julie Neidhardt has been named the elementary level grand prize winner of the 2019 Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge.
The competition encouraged K-12 teachers who have found innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences with limited school and laboratory resources to share their approaches.
Neidhardt has established the NEST (Nurturing Engineering, Science, and Technology) science lab, where students come to experience hands-on, inquiry-based lessons. The NEST is unique because it is also a coaching model where teachers attend the science lab with their students to participate in job-embedded coaching to learn Next Generation Science Standards and practice science instruction.
Neidhardt is a National Board Certified Teacher and won the
Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2016.
She will be awarded a science lab makeover support package worth $10,000, as well as an additional $5,000 of support to attend the National Science Teachers Association’s national conference in April.