STEM Lab teacher recognized nationally

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 10:35am
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Earns Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Jessica Noffsinger, eighth-grade science teacher at STEM Lab, was selected to receive a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The PAEMST awards are the nation's highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science and recognize outstanding K-12 teachers for their contributions to the teaching and learning in their field. 

Selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators, Noffsinger was one of two 2015 winners named from the state of Colorado. In addition to the national recognition for her teaching, Noffsinger was awarded $10,000 from the National Science Foundation to be used at her discretion.

"We are so proud of all of Jessica's accomplishments and for all she does for STEM Lab students and the overarching Five Star Schools STEM Program," said Principal Tracy Tellinger. "It's an honor to have her on our STEM Lab team."

Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Since its inception in 1983, 4,400 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. The district is proud to announce that Noffsinger is the first recipient from Adams 12 Five Star Schools in over 15 years and joins two former teachers from the Five Star District - 1990 recipient, Rocky Mountain Elementary's Brenda Love and 1998 recipient, Mountain View Elementary's Linda-Block Gandy. 

Noffsinger earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Colorado School of Mines and a master’s in educational administration from the University of Denver. She has been with the district for more than 10 years and has taught at STEM Lab since 2011.