2019 STAT Award Winners

Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year Awards Presented by Chevron

The Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year Awards presented by Chevron recognizes excellence in science teaching. The awards are presented to STAT members in the following categories:

Elementary Science Teacher of the Year
Charlisa Morrison
Houston ISD

Charlisa Morrison is a Science Teacher in Houston ISD in her sixth year in education. She is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana but currently lives in Houston, Texas with her husband Adam. Charlisa is concurrently a Doctoral Candidate in the School of Education at Capella University where she serves as a Capella Ambassador. Her research includes direct efforts to promote best practices in science education through professional development. Her teaching philosophy is, “All students can learn!” When faced with challenges, she believes in having persistence and resilience to get through the challenges and make the best of tough situations. She tries to instill this philosophy in her students as well. For the past two years, she has received awards for Top Student Growth in Science for 85% of growth from her students over the course of each school year. She believes science is all about thinking and doing so that is what happens in the classroom— students DO.

 

Middle School Science Teacher of the Year

Rebecca Bottin
Plano ISD

Rebecca Bottin is a science research enthusiast and 7th grade teacher at Rice Middle School in Plano ISD. She holds a bachelor's degree from Baylor University and a master’s degree from the University of North Texas. Described as a compassionate and caring teacher, Rebecca appreciates each person’s unique contributions. She has a strong desire to encourage students’ curiosity, as she guides them to discover where they want to make a difference in our world. Navigating unexpected results are one of her favorite nuances about teaching science. The past two summers, Rebecca participated in a biomedical research program with UT Southwestern Medical Center STARS (Science Teacher Access to Resources at Southwestern). A life-changing experience, she studied epithelial morphogenesis with fruit flies eggs in Dr. Miriam Osterfield’s lab. Rebecca and her husband, Jeff are excited to be planning an adventure to the Galápagos Islands this July. 

 

High School Science Teacher of the Year

Keisha Kirkwood
Beaumont ISD

Keisha Kirkwood teaches Biology and AP Biology at Beaumont ISD’s Beaumont United High School in Beaumont, Texas. Keisha, a graduate of Sam Houston State University joined BISD in 2010.  As a district leader in Biology, Keisha implements creativity in each lesson and differentiates curriculum so that each child is actively engaged. Keisha uses multiple sources to represent content and interest students. Examples include visual, auditory, and verbal strategies along with role-playing as a kinesthetic technique. They explore using laboratory investigations. They manipulate using hands-on activities. She sparks her students’ curiosity with relevant and real-world teaching experiences. For Keisha teaching is an ongoing process of learning. She learns with and from her students. She strives to promote a love for learning, as she shares her love and passion for learning with them.

 

Distinguished Leadership in Science Award Presented by Chevron

The Distinguished Leadership in Science Award presented by Chevron recognizes outstanding support of science education at the district or state level by a non-teaching administrator in Early Childhood through Grade 12.

Distinguished Science Teacher of the Year

Jamie Flemmer
Frisco ISD

During her sixteen years in education, Jamie Flemmer has served the Frisco ISD elementary community as a fourth-grade teacher, science facilitator, assistant principal, and elementary science coordinator. During the past nine years that she has served as an elementary science coordinator, she has enjoyed watching teachers get excited about what they are teaching and how that positively impact their students.  She is an active member of the Science Teachers Association of Texas, National Science Teaching Association, Texas Science Education Leadership Association, and the Metroplex Area Science Supervisors serving the DFW area. Currently, Jamie serves as President of the Texas Council of Elementary Science serving the teachers of Texas that teach Pre-K through 8th grade. She has a love for learning and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership through the University of North Texas. Jamie has a wonderful husband of 28 years,  two sons, Carter (26) and Josh (24), a daughter, Rachel (21) and daughter-in-law, Chelsea, that all are Baylor Bears. When she is not spending time studying or loving on her three cats and two dogs, Jamie enjoys spending time with family watching football and cheering for the Baylor Bears.