May 22, 2013
A teacher at AMSA was recently named as the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math teacher of the year by the Hall at Patriot Place.
The Hall, presented by Raytheon, honored computer science teacher and department chair Kelly Powers with the distinction, according to a press release.
Bryan Morry, the executive director of the Hall, said Kelly was selected from five finalists.
"The work Kelly is doing to promote STEM education through her engagement with students and colleagues is extraordinary," he said in a statement. "We are proud to recognize someone who is having profound impact on STEM in Massachusetts."
Powers will receive a grant for $5,000 and will be honored at the Massachusetts STEM Summit at Gillette Stadium in November and during a pregame ceremony ahead of a Patriots game later this year.
Powers said she was honored to receive the award.
“I am thrilled to be honored by The Hall and the Kraft family,” Powers said in a statement. “It’s very exciting to be selected and to have the Krafts not only help to promote STEM education, but also to recognize STEM teachers for the work we all do trying to impact today’s students through engaging activities and initiatives.”
According to a press release, officials at the Hall chose Powers because she has brought several new programs to AMSA, including the GEMS Program, short for Girls Engaged in Math, Science and Computer Science. She also worked with a professor from UMass Lowell to develop a robotics and Java with AR drones curriculum, which is now in place at the school.
Powers, co-president of the Computer Science Teachers Association, launched the Technovation Challenge at the school, a non-profit that helps science professionals bring cutting-edge science and technology into the classroom for high school girls and underprivileged minority children.