Congratulations to Ellen Lloyd and Sampson the Turtle!

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A couple weeks ago the RAC-CEMS had a booth at the STANYS Conference. At the booth, we asked you to nominate really great teachers for our Excellence in STEM Teaching Award. Anyone who nominated a teacher, was entered into a raffle to win a full membership in the National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) and a feature on the STEM blog.

And the winner is… 

Ellen Lloyd of Sodus Central Middle School; congratulations!

Ellen teaches eighth grade science and the Living Environment at Sodus while also counseling the Middle School student council and Science Olympiad team. Her students “ask lots of great questions and are always ready to investigate things together”. In addition to her classroom full of students, Ellen has a pet turtle named Sampson who recently taught the class about food chains by eating all the new snails. The eighth grade students are getting ready to dissect fetal pigs, which, according to Ellen, is one of the most exciting parts of the year!

We asked Ellen if she would share one of her lessons with the readers of the blog, and she decided on one of her favorite adaptation labs. Be sure to check out the lesson, and visit her classroom blog.

Once again, congratulations to Ellen Lloyd, and we look forward to featuring other area teachers on the STEM Blog in the future!

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