Congratulations to Daisy Rayela for receiving our newest award, the Maryland Outstanding STEM Educator award.
This new award is presented to an elementary or middle school Maryland educator in a STEM field that demonstrates a focus on a hands-on, inquiry-driven teaching technique that engages students to develop creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving skills. The recipient will be awarded $1,000, as well as $500 for classroom supplies, a free MSC program, and a MSC family membership.
About Daisy Rayela
Daisy Rayela, STEM Coordinator and STEM Educator at Thomas Johnson Middle School in Lanham, shows an amazing level of advocacy in promoting and advancing the cause of quality science. Her submitted lesson plan demonstrates the best of what and how students learn and reveals a deep understanding of how to develop the skills and understandings needed to support a complex process. She provides training in afterschool clubs, helping to expand student experiences in STEM areas and STEM careers. She also organizes and provides training for Prince George’s County teachers.
She has cultivated relationships between STEM professionals, students and parents and encourages students to get involved in STEM programs outside of the school day, creating situations for students to interact with a wide range of STEM professionals through field trips and inviting professionals into her classroom.