Journalist Josh Binswanger introduced The Massachusetts Finalists for the 2015 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching at a Celebration in Honoring Excellence in Teaching at the State House on June 15, 2016.
Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell D. Chester presented the PAEMST Finalist award to Holyoke Catholic High School Teacher, Lise Letellier.
Lise Letellier has been featured on this blog several times for her contributions to the Buds, Leaves and Global Warming Schoolyard Ecology project. Her presentation about her 5 year journey with this project was featured this spring on the following entry:
In addition to having mentored many new Schoolyard Eco teachers and contributing numerous teaching resources she developed on the Harvard Forest Website, some of her Phenology curriculum is published on the LTER Education Digital Library. Lise and her students have also contributed to the Woolly Bully and the Hemlock Trees project.
Aside from her work with Harvard Forest, Lise has also served as a mentor and leader for the Appalachian Mountain Club, engaging both teachers and students in outdoor investigations. This work has been highlighted in a national Project Learning Tree newsletter.
Lise's contributions to STEM education extend beyond leading field projects. She has led the science department at her school for several years, and is the chair of the K-12 STEM Professional Development Steering Committee for the Springfield Diocese, and has served in the past on the Pioneer Valley STEM Executive Committee as well as the the review committee for the Mass. STEM Summit.
Please join me in congratulating Lise for her EXTRAORDINARY contributions to science teaching!
We wish you every success in being honored at the National level....Final awardees are expected to be chosen later this summer.