Melissa Lau Receives Award

Melissa Lau Named OSTA Middle Level Teacher of the Year
Posted on 06/27/2019
Melissa Lau Recieves OSTA Award

Help us congratulate Mrs. Melissa Lau! Mrs. Lau was recently awarded the Oklahoma Science Teacher Association Middle Level Teacher of the Year award. Mrs. Lau is a 6th grade science at Piedmont Intermediate in Piedmont, Oklahoma with 19 years experience. Melissa grew up in the small western Oklahoma town of Weatherford. It was here where she spent her childhood exploring the outdoors and sparking her love and curiosity for nature. She feels through her teaching she can instill some of that spark in her students.

Melissa pursues opportunities to deepen her understanding of science and seeks inspiration for herself professionally. She has attended and presented at several NSTA national conferences and in 2018 Melissa was selected as a PolarTREC educator. With PolarTREC she spent 32 days studying phenology and vegetation change in the warming Arctic on the north slope of Alaska with a team of researchers from Florida International University. Currently, she is a National Center for Science Education Teacher Ambassador for climate change piloting lessons to teach climate change head-on, without confrontation. Also, she is a member of the writing team for Oklahoma Academic Standards-Science revisions and serves in leadership roles in her building and district.

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