Skip To Main Content

trigger-container

mobile-main-nav

mobile-district-nav

mobile-i-want-to-nav

mobile-cta-nav

mobile-header-nav

header-container

header-top

i-want-to-nav

trigger-container

header-nav tablet

header-bottom

cta-nav

Breadcrumb

Dr. Westhafer Receives Sylvia Shugrue Award

Dr. Westhafer Receives Sylvia Shugrue Award

The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) has announced it is presenting its 2024 Sylvia Shugrue Award for Elementary School Teachers to
Dr. Stephanie Westhafer, first-grade teacher at West Jackson Elementary School. This award recognizes an NSTA member who is a full-time elementary school teacher with at least five years of experience who has established (or is establishing) an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based lesson plan. The winning lesson plan will become part of the NSTA website and thus available for use by other elementary teachers and students.

“Stephanie Westhafer’s work as an elementary science teacher extends beyond her award- winning NSTA lesson,” said NSTA President Julie Luft. “She is a knowledgeable educator who is a recognized school, district, and state leader. Most notably, she is a Gubernatorial appointee to the Georgia Council on Literacy, which allows her to advocate for integrated instruction. She touches the lives of students in her class, as well as thousands of students beyond her classroom walls.”


Dr. Westhafer will receive $1,000 and up to $500 to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education. In addition, she was honored during a special evening celebration at NSTA’s National Conference in Denver, Colorado, on March 22. For more information about the Sylvia Shugrue Award for Elementary School Teachers, visit https://www.nsta.org/awards-and-recognition-program .