2010 Teacher Winner
School: Whitefoord Elementary School, Third – Fifth Grades Science
Project: Whitefoord Science Scholars
In an effort to engage students in hands-on science activities while increasing their content knowledge at the same time, Ms. Denis organized a club called the Whitefoord Science Scholars. During club meetings, students work collaboratively on tasks designed to promote problem solving skills and enhance their interests, experiences and awareness of scientific processes. The team participated in the statewide Science Olympiad competition for the first time and successfully made connections between scientific concepts and their immediate world. Ms. Denis’s project has helped close the achievement gap, strengthen academic performance and increase student interest in the area of science.