Teresa Green, K-5 Technology Teacher at Edwards Elementary, was recently selected as the North Central Iowa Region’s recipient of the 2018 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award. The award is established through the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and sponsored by Kemin Industries. It recognizes “exceptional dedication toward increasing student interest and achievement in STEM fields and careers in innovation.”
Green is a 30 year veteran teacher (25 in the Ames CSD) who started as an elementary music teacher. She got her Masters of Curriculum and Instructional Technology degree from Iowa State University, and today is a the K-5 Technology Teacher at Edwards Elementary.
Although she offers technology support across the school, facilitating the “Makerspace” at Edwards is what she loves to do. Students are able to tinker and “make” during their time in the Makerspace, whether they are coding, sewing, or building. “I always try to engage the students in problem solving activities, and infuse a lot of creativity to motivate them to solve problems. I want to provide the students with ‘nuggets’ of experiences in a wide range of S.T.E.M. projects with the hopes that each student will find their passion and gravitate toward the field they love,” said Green.
A former student initially nominated Green for the award, and she was recognized at the I.O.W.A. STEM Award Ceremony at the State Capital in February.