L. Stef Paramoure, an eighth grade science teacher at the Oak Run Middle School in New Braunfels, Texas, has been named the 2010AAPG Earth Science Teacher of the Year.
Paramoure, who also heads the school’s eighth grade “science team” effort, is considered a pioneer in the use of innovative technology through podcasting – she has created her own podcast series called “Science Alive.”
She was nominated by the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies. They said of her, “Her passion for turning kids on to science has driven her to deploy a wealth of instructional strategies that engage students both physically and mentally … Stef is always searching for ways to make her lessons more memorable, exciting and relevant to her students.
“Her motto is ‘Knowledge is power – give some, get some.’”
AAPG’s TOTY award, funded annually by the AAPG Foundation, is a $5,000 prize that will be split into two parts: half is designated for Paramoure’s personal use, and half goes to Oak Run Middle School for educational use under Paramoure’s supervision.
She also will receive an all-expense paid trip to the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in New Orleans on April 11-14, where she will be presented with her award at the All-Convention Luncheon.
An interview with Paramoure will be featured in the April convention issue of the EXPLORER.