The Georgia Science Teachers Association recently named McCleskey Middle School teacher Annette Simpson the 2020 Middle School Science Teacher of the Year for the entire state of Georgia.
“Mrs. Simpson is a consummate, caring professional who works tirelessly with all our school’s populations of students. As a classroom teacher, Annette values all students and every one of them as individuals. She uses research-based practices as well as insightful and appropriate knowledge of students’ developmental, social and emotional needs to glean the best from them. She is a trusted adult in the building- students who are having the most difficult times confide in her,” said Dr. Andrea Jenkins-Mann, McCleskey’s principal.
The annual Georgia Science Teacher of Year awards recognize ongoing excellence in science and the commitment to its improvement. All GSTA Award winners were honored at a recent special awards banquet at the Ironworks Conference Center in Columbus, Georgia as part of the GSTA Science Conference.
This is not the first time the McCleskey teacher has been recognized as a standout educator or a top Georgia Science Teacher. In 2015, she earned the Georgia Elementary Science Teacher of the Year Award for her work at Keheley Elementary School.
She has also earned the Cobb STEM Distinguished Educator Award and the nationally-recognized Shell Teacher Award, which honors one outstanding classroom K-12 teacher who has had a positive impact on his or her students, school, and the community through exemplary science teaching.
“Annette works tirelessly outside of the classroom to extend learning for our students,” her principal praised. “She is a winning Science Olympiad Coach and is an assistant Math Team Coach. She revived our Environmental Club; and leads the 7th Grade campus cleanup with Rivers Alive! I fully support her efforts to implement new curriculum and bring new professional ideas to our staff. Annette leads our staff with assisting students in taking ownership of their learning, thinking more deeply, delving into the curriculum to relate it to real-world experiences, and engaging in meaningful tasks.”
Simpson is always looking to further her professional knowledge by participating in as much professional development as possible. She is an active participant in the district’s STEM Innovation Academy, as well as, the annual STEMapalooza conference that provides teachers, inside and outside of Cobb, the opportunity to get a jumpstart on incorporating science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) in their classrooms.
She was also one of only 36 teachers nationwide who was selected and completed a food science training program.