Ms. Smith Receives National Science Teachers Association Award

Brooklyn Science Educator Receives Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers from the National Science Teachers Association

ARLINGTON, Va. — April 11, 2016 — The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning, has announced the recipients of its 2016 Teacher Awards.

Theila Smith, a science teacher at The Math & Science Exploratory School in Brooklyn, N.Y., was awarded the Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers. The award provides up to 25 K–12 teachers in their first five years of teaching with funds to attend NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education.

Award recipients are mentored and provided with continuing opportunities for involvement with NSTA and its professional learning opportunities. Smith received her award at a special banquet and ceremony at NSTA’s National Conference in Nashville on Friday, April 1.

The NSTA Teacher Awards program recognizes extraordinary K–12 teachers, professors, principals, and science educators for their outstanding achievements in science education.