Scott Lehman, a teacher at Crosspointe Elementary School, recently received the Educator/Collaborator Award as part of the 2018 STEM Innovation Awards.
The South Florida Science Center and Stiles-Nicholson Foundation present the STEM Innovation Awards to recognize leadership, service, and collaboration in the field of STEM.
The Educator/Collaborator Award goes to an educator who develops strategic partners that further STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and awareness, to advance quality STEM education by creating and facilitating STEM programs.
“Receiving this award is an honor and privilege as the STEM/Science Coach at Crosspointe Elementary,” Lehman said. “Teaching STEM is the greatest gift I can give to the students at Crosspointe, and being recognized for something I love to do is a bonus.”
A District employee for more than a decade, Lehman always had an interest in teaching science. He earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s in science education with a concentration in astronomy and oceanography, in addition to several certifications.
A typical day for him involves teaching STEM and Media to all K-5 grade levels at Crosspointe Elementary, working with his students on various STEM activities and lessons. Lehman has found that the lessons are not only educational, but also help reduce student anxiety and stress.
“The students see how much fun and exciting STEM can be and love coming to our Media Center / STEM Lab,” he said. “STEM can help kids be more creative, to be better problem solvers, and to learn how to engage in the world around them instead of just memorizing facts.”
Lehman received his honor last month at the STEM Innovation Awards ceremony at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach.