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Stanley Elementary teacher receives state recognition for work in STEM education

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STANLEY ― A Stanley Elementary teacher last month was recognized with top honors by the Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association during the group's summer conference.

Second-grade Stanley Elementary School teacher Kelley Davis was awarded the Virginia Elementary Teacher Excellence Award ― the highest state honor given to technology and engineering education teachers. The annual award is given in recognition for “outstanding contributions to the profession and their students,” according to the state association's website.

“For Kelley Davis, STEM and children’s engineering is more than just a teaching focus ― it is a passion,” according to a news release issued last week by Page County Public Schools.

The week before the July 26-28 conference, which was hosted by Henrico County Public Schools, Davis conducted a class aimed at acquainting 15 local elementary school teachers with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

“STEM is a wonderful opportunity for students to use critical thinking skills in the classroom,” first-grade teacher Wanda Plum said in the news release. “My students love to do the hands-on activities and I enjoy observing the students solving the challenges presented.”

Through Davis' class, teachers constructed a 3D character from a children's book, designed and built vehicles using junior hacksaws and drills and learned about batteries, electricity and circuits.

In May, Davis was awarded a $5,000 grant from the CenturyLink Foundation's Teachers and Technology program during a surprise assembly at Stanley Elementary. Davis' application was one of 314 selected to receive the grant for innovative technology projects. Recipients were selected based on the impact they will have on students. More than 1,000 applications were received throughout the U.S.

“The winning teachers’ grant applications were inspirational; they demonstrated creative teaching techniques that would be used to assist students in fully understanding subject matter, often times using hands-on learning,” said CenturyLink's Vice President of Operations Gerald Piper said in a news release issued by the company. “We are pleased to be able to help these passionate educators expose their students to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts in their daily school lives.”

During the International Technology and Engineering Education Association conference next March in Washington, D.C., Davis will be formally recognized and given an engraved plaque and other awards. The Teacher Excellence Award provides public recognition at the local, regional, state and international levels.



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