Alfonso Garcia Arriola is the District XVII recipient of the Robert E. Yager Foundation Excellence in Teaching Awards from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). The award recognizes six full-time K–12 teachers of science who successfully use innovation and excellence in their classrooms. Arriola teaches 7–8 science at ACCESS Academy in Portland Public Schools. He is a doctoral candidate in the PSU Educational Leadership (EdD) program.
“These teachers and science education professionals have shown tremendous dedication and commitment to their students and to science education,” said NSTA President Carolyn Hayes. “We are so proud to honor them as they help to inspire the next generation of informed citizens, scientists, engineers, and innovators who can embrace all that science can offer.”
The award includes a stipend of $1,000 and support for Arriola to attend the NSTA National Congress on Science Education in summer.
Also honored by the NSTA this year was alumna Wendi Laurence who received the Wendell G. Mohling Outstanding Aerospace Educator Award.
The National Science Teachers Association, based in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest professional science organization in the world, promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA is an international organization with 55,000 members in over 100 countries that honors K–12 students, teachers, principals, professors, and other science education professionals for their outstanding work and achievement in science education. Along with Achieve, the National Research Council, and AAAS, NSTA served as a partner in the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).