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Emily Ann McDonald Earns Excellence In STEM Teaching Award

  • Monday, May 27, 2024

The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network announced the winners of the Excellence in STEM awards, a series of competitive awards that recognize outstanding teachers, leaders, and advocates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Excellence in STEM Teaching Award was given to Emily Ann McDonald, mathematics teacher at University High in the Hamilton County School District.

Nominations were open to the public in the spring of this year and recipients were recognized at the 2024 Tennessee STEM Innovation Summit at Music City Center in Nashville.

“We are thrilled to recognize the outstanding individuals that have demonstrated exceptional dedication to advancing STEM education in Tennessee,” said Brandi Stroecker, network director of TSIN. “Their innovative approaches and unwavering commitment to excellence are not only transforming the lives of students but also setting a benchmark for STEM education statewide. These awards celebrate their achievements and highlight the critical role of STEM in shaping a brighter future for our communities."

The Excellence in STEM Teaching Award acknowledges a teacher who embodies integrated, STEM-infused teaching strategies, classroom innovation, and whose efforts have resulted in positive student learning outcomes. These are the educators who pave new paths and ignite curiosity in their students.

Ms. McDonald a mathematics teacher at University High in Hamilton County Schools, is revolutionizing the way students perceive math and STEM. This new and innovative school is a product of a partnership with UTC, and it is already making an impact, said officials.

Ms. McDonald "captivates her students by presenting them with real-world scenarios and relevant problems, while also fostering their independence. She not only empowers them with voice and choice but also values their diverse perspectives and interests. By emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of STEM fields, she illustrates how mathematics intertwines with technology and practical applications. She equips her students with problem-solving skills that set them up for success in their future educational and career choices."

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