For the 10th annual Robert Brownlee Science Teacher of the Year award, RAFT honored all 25 nominees at its Member Appreciation Party on June 3. This year’s nominees have a combined total of 285 years of teaching experience. RAFT applauds their dedication to bringing science to life for their students through hands on activities, sparking a lifelong love of learning.
This year’s winner, Ann Clifford of Saint Roberts School in San Bruno, has 31 years of teaching experience and is so excited about science, that her students can’t help but be excited as well. Her weekly hands-on science labs for 6th, 7th and 8th graders are the highlight of week and allow students to explore chemical reactions, biology, physics, mechanical engineering and more. She also encourages her students to bring in current events that involve science which makes it relevant and interesting to them.
“Science isn’t just in a text book. Science is everywhere and I hope my class inspires my students to be curious and inquisitive about the world around them.” Ann Clifford
RAFT is grateful to be able to support a vibrant community of educators. Our 6,700 members engage over 500,000 students across the Bay Area using RAFT’s affordable activity kits and bulk materials. At the Member Appreciation Party, RAFT celebrated all members and educators with light refreshments and activities for all ages.
Congratulations to our winner and all our nominees!
Angela Duke, Taylor Elementary School; Angela Tsoi, Vinci Park Elementary School; Brandi Sawyers, ACE Empowerment Academy; Cara Galleher, Valley Christian Schools; Diane Aronson, Burnett Middle School; Dr. Ning Xu, Mountain View High School; George Rehmet, Canyon Oaks Community School; Heather Koleszar, Noddin Elementary School; Jenine Bura, Gateway School; Joseph Centoni, Half Moon Bay High School; Juli Moultray, Booksin Elementary School; Karrie Eustice, Country Club Elementary School; Kenneth Ludwig, Taft Community School; Kristl Wong, Foster City Elementary School; Laura Steele, Grace Pre-School; Laurel Shephard, Benjamin Bubb Elementary School; Lori Hunt, Blue Hills Elementary; Maria Guevara, Sherman Oaks Elementary School; Mary McCormick, St. Clare School; Michael Norling, South Peninsula Hebrew Day School; Steve Mok, Noble Elementary School; Tanjit Athway, August Boeger Middle School; Thomas Fulwiler, Aptos Middle School; Vivian Flora, Piedmont Middle School.
About RAFT – Resource Area For Teaching
RAFT – Resource Area For Teaching is a non-profit, which helps educators transform a child’s learning experience through hands on education to one that inspires the joy and discovery of learning. Founded in 1994, RAFT focuses on providing educators of all types—classroom teachers, after school educators, home-school educators, scout leaders, early care and education professionals—with effective, engaging, affordable hands-on learning resources aligned to national curriculum standards. RAFT, believes the best way to spark a love of learning for the next generation of thinkers, innovators, problem-solvers, and creators is through hands-on learning. RAFT supports some 7,000 educators in enriching and improving the education of more than 500,000 students young year.