Seven Dallas ISD teachers were recognized this year with Texas Instruments Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards.
Texas Instruments gave the $70,000 grant to the Dallas Education Foundation, which then provided the award to the teachers. The Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation presented its Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards on Sept. 15 to 18 teachers from six local school districts during a ceremony at TI’s Dallas headquarters.
The awards program, now in its 10th year, honors local secondary math and science teachers from Dallas, Garland, Lancaster, Mesquite, Plano and Richardson ISDs independent school districts (ISDs) who consistently demonstrate quality instruction and build student achievement in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects.
The Dallas ISD teachers recognized are:
Renee Jackson – Zan W. Holmes Middle School
Annemarie Fehrenbacher – Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School
Janet Fuller – Environmental Education Center (EEC)
Thuy Nguyen – Emmett J. Conrad High School
Jennifer Montoya – Skyline HighSchool
Jose Delgado – Bryan Adams High School
Brandon Carver – Woodrow Wilson High School
Each honoree receives $10,000, of which $5,000 is directly awarded to the teacher. The other $5,000 is to be used at his or her discretion for professional development or instructional technology. The grants are awarded through the independent foundations that support each district.
To date, the TI Foundation has invested more than $1.3 million in the STEM Awards to recognize and help retain 140 excellent teachers in North Texas school districts.
Each year principals nominate teachers for the STEM awards based on criteria, such as demonstrating and documenting teaching effectiveness, establishing classroom innovation, participating in education activities outside the classroom, and encouraging curiosity and increasing interest in STEM subjects among students. Teams within each district review the applications and make classroom observations. After a detailed selection process, the winners are announced.