Stephanie Harry receives the VAST Recognition In Science Education (RISE) Award for Chemistry
Stephanie Harry, a teacher at Kecoughtan High School, has received the Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) 2016 Recognition in Science Education (RISE) Award for Chemistry. VAST RISE Awards are presented to spotlight the excellent work done by science educators across the Commonwealth of Virginia. They recognize service to science education in the individual's school, school system, and the VAST district in which they work.
Harry has been a teacher with HCS for 21 years and all of her years have been at Kecoughtan.
According to Sally Lewis, who nominated Harry for the award, “she challenges her students to develop critical, analytical and thinking skills by creating new materials, labs and experiences to broaden students’ understanding of the curriculum and the applications of chemistry in their lives.” Some of these include YouTube video chemistry lectures, participation in a pilot study with a local university to design and incorporate inquiry-based labs to the curriculum, and presenting at the VAST conference.
“One of my proudest moments as a teacher was to learn that three of my former chemistry students where inspired by me and they are now successful chemistry teachers in Virginia Public Schools,” said Harry.
Along with her classes at Kecoughtan, Harry also serves as an adjunct professor at Thomas Nelson Community College. She is also the Division’s only National Board Certified Teacher in chemistry.
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