The Qualcomm Science and Technology Educator of the Year Award was awarded to Felicia Ryder of Wanganheim Middle School on the basis of her innovative practice, collaboration with the local science community, and her ability to raise students achievement and interest in the sciences.
Ryder was selected by a panel of leading local science educators, headed by San Diego County Office of Education Science Coordinator Nancy Taylor. Ryder was presented with the award during the “Cox Presents a Salute to Teachers” ceremony on Oct. 1.
She has taught 6th and 7th grade science for 17 years, and in three of those years worked as a science resource teacher supporting science teachers throughout the county. She's a champion of inquiry-based science, teaching her students to "do" science like scientists.
Her students use her Moodle web site to access current scientific research, upload assignments, and debate science topics. For the last three years Ryder has collaborated with Scripps Institute and the Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence to create online learning tools to enhance science education and promote ocean sciences.
She uses a variety of innovative technologies to deliver instruction and assess achievement, engaging students with the digital tools and language they've embraced. Congratulations!