Friday, May 4, 2007

Bellevue teacher earns state award

Krista Jones? multi-faceted teaching recognized

Express Staff Writer

Krista Jones of Bellevue Elementary School is one of three Idaho science teachers awarded the Governor's Industry Award for Notable Teaching in Science by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.

Jones, a kindergarten through fifth-grade science teacher, was presented the top elementary school honor Tuesday, May 1.

"Krista (Jones) provides students with projects that integrate math, science, technology, social studies and language arts," states a written statement from the governor's office. The GIANTS award is also a result of her dedication to "involve her students in community service projects, such as the Techno Treats project."

Techno Treats provided students the opportunity to explore biotechnology, food processing and manufacturing in an effort that raised $3,000 for the Feed the Children Foundation. In addition, her students applied lessons learned in geophysics and materials-science manufacturing to raise $4,500 for the Care Foundation and $6,000 for Hurricane Katrina relief.

In 2006, Jones was named Idaho Technology Education Teacher of the Year and received an award for International Technology Education Program of the year. Jones was a state finalist for the National Science Foundation Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2004 and 2006.

Currently, Jones is writing and publishing a Human Space Exploration curriculum for NASA and the International Technology Education Association. Jones also has been featured in the Tech Foundation of America's Best Practices for Technology Education and is the author of articles in numerous educational publications.

Jones will receive $2,000 as part of the GIANTS award. A $500 cash prize also will go to each school of the award recipients.

Lewiston High School teacher Gary Thompson and Clair E. Gale Junior High School teacher JoAnn Bodel, of Idaho Falls, were the other award recipients.

"Greg, JoAnn and Krista exemplify the dedication, innovation and initiative necessary to advance science and technology instruction for Idaho students," Otter said.

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