Ten Indian River School District teachers were honored on Tuesday, November 15 at the Delaware STEM Symposium and STEM Educator Awards at Clayton Hall at the University of Delaware.
The STEM Educator Awards recognize teachers or teams of teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels who demonstrate STEM innovation and excellence through teaching, academic collaboration and student engagement.
Richard Messick and Nicole Morey of Georgetown Elementary School won first place in the elementary school category while Cindy Isaacs and Dawn Keenan of the IRSD Gifted and Talented ExCEL program took second place.
First place in the high school category went to a team of six teachers from Sussex Central High School. Team members were Jeffrey Kilner, Rob Gibson, Jill Oliva, Britta Bimbi Cordrey, Kelly Deleon and Michael League. The team received a $6,000 cash award.
In addition, Isaacs, Kilner and Messick earned bonus prize money through the Junior Achievement Challenge that took place earlier in the day. Isaacs and Kilner each won $250 while Messick earned an additional $500.
Sussex Central students Elias Timmons (2nd place; $500) and Shaktisinh Zala (3rd place; $250) also won cash awards for their participation in a panel discussion. Students on the panel shared their experiences with the STEM Educator Awards & Junior Achievement Leadership Academy.
Sussex Central winners
Richard Messick and Nicole Morey
Dawn Keenan and Cindy Isaacs