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Award Winner

CSTA Future Science Teacher Award:

Tania Hughes is currently serving as a teacher in the Peace Corps in Mozambique. Tania was a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential candidate at CSU Long Beach. During her time at Cal State Long Beach she spearheaded and designed two science units which she taught during her student teaching: Fourth Grade Electricity and Magnetism and Second Grade Geology; volunteered as a docent for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House in Los Angeles; and was instrumental in organizing a Family Science Night in 2013 (now an annual event organized by the faculty at that school). During her time as a student teacher, she drew upon her background in architecture and art to teach a STEM course. Upon returning from her Peace Corps service Tania plans to add science and math authorizations to her credential so that she can teach middle school science and math. Tania exemplifies the kind of science and STEM teachers California's students deserve.

Tania consistently demonstrated her ability to work respectfully and productively with others and made clear her enthusiastic commitment to teaching. But more than that, Tania demonstrated a passion and understanding for subjects beyond science, and would regularly make connections between the science we were learning and other content areas. It became clear that she had knowledge, experience, and expertise in a wide array of subjects beyond science; she has studied the visual arts, architecture, engineering, and math and technology - SHE IS STE(A)M! - William Straights, Associate Professor, Science Education, CSU Long Beach.

Congratulations Tania on your accomplishment, it is with pleasure that CSTA recognizes you as the 2013 Future Science Teacher of the Year. The $1,000 prize that accompanies this award is provided by SeaWorld San Diego. We thank them for their contribution.