HARRIS COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER NAMED A 2022 GEORGIA YOUTH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER STEM SCHOLAR

HARRIS COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER NAMED A 2022 GEORGIA YOUTH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER STEM SCHOLAR

 

HAMILTON, GA (DECEMBER 7, 2021) – Park Elementary School teacher, Catherin Toney, has been named a 2022 STEM Scholar by the Georgia Youth Science & Technology Center (GYSTC).

 

Toney is among a group of 23 talented Georgia teachers recognized for their innovative classroom activities that result in critical science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) instruction for elementary and middle school students. STEM scholars are selected for their overall dedication to teaching that promotes STEM in their schools and communities.

 

“This outstanding group of educators was chosen for their thoughtful engagement with their students which, over the last year, resulted in imaginative classroom lessons that taught and supported STEM education,” said Amanda Buice, GYSTC executive director. “As parents, employers, and citizens, we hope all our teachers are competent, enthusiastic, and caring. Our awardees certainly meet and exceed these basic criteria. But what sets them apart and what they are being cited for in these awards are two key factors. First, they have shown a special aptitude for identifying the unique strengths and potential of their students and have conceived and executed classroom lessons that tap that promise. They have engaged and excited their students’ capacity to learn and build confidence – not only in their ability to master STEM, but to master lessons of successful living. Second, our recipients also launched student projects whose impact reached past the classroom to involve their entire school community, parents, colleagues, and regional leaders who are STEM professionals and supporters.”

 

In addition to a GYSTC STEM Scholar certificate and trophy, on behalf of Toney, the school district will receive a $500 grant for her to purchase STEM education materials for her classroom. She also will receive free admission to attend the GYSTC Summer STEM Institute.

“A veteran teacher at Park Elementary, Mrs. Toney works every day to establish a nurturing educational environment for her Kindergartener students using whole brain teaching strategies and innovative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) lessons,” Principal Allyson Douthit shared about Toney.

Buice added, “Our recipients are winners! Winners for their students. Winners for their communities. Winners for our state, and winners for the teaching profession. They exemplify everything we want and hope our teachers will be. It is our duty and pleasure to honor them.”