Science scored a touchdown at the Patriots game last night, when Kelly Graveson, an 8th-grade teacher at Douglas High School in Douglas, MA, earned “Teacher of the Week” honors through Cubist Pharmaceuticals’ Science Education Leadership Award program. Throughout football season, the program will honor science teachers in middle and high schools throughout New England who are incorporating innovative techniques in the classroom that inspire and engage students in the world of science.
Kelly was nominated by Sandra Mayrand, director of the Regional Science Resource Center at UMass Medical School and a member of the Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) board of directors. “Kelly is a phenomenal teacher,” Sandra said. “I have seen her classes come alive for all of her students with them working in teams solving science challenges, learning, and loving it.”
Kelly has attended graduate professional development courses offered through MSSEF’s Curious Minds Initiative. In addition, her classes have been part of the Gelfand Endeavor in Massachusetts Schools (GEMS), which works in partnership with MSSEF’s CMI Initiative to help teachers and schools integrate real-world, inquiry-based learning activities into their existing curricula, and create school-based science and engineering fair initiatives.
The science fair program in Kelly’s school district is only two years old. Despite its recent inception, the Douglas science fair program has seen impressive success: Ten 8th-grade projects and 10 projects from 6th and 7th grade entered the Worcester Regional Middle School Fair in 2012. Several of those moved on the the State Middle School Science & Engineering Fair, and one made it into the Broadcom MASTERS semi-finals — an achievement realized by a total of only nine students in the state.
In nominating Kelly for the honor, Sandra said that Kelly is “committed to providing relevant innovative science and engineering classroom experiences to raise student achievement and boost student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.”
Throughout the Patriots football season, a “Teacher of the Week” will be recognized and have his/her name read on-air during the New England Patriots radio broadcast. At the end of the season, one of these teachers will be selected as the recipient of the Cubist Science Education Leadership Award and win $5,000 for the teacher’s school science department.