Hanford High teacher is STEM Educator of the Year

<p>Katie Rowley</p>

Katie Rowley

The Washington State STEM Education Foundation has announced that Katie Rowley, Hanford High School science teacher, is the 2012 STEM Educator of the Year for the Mid-Columbia Region.

The award is given to one educator each year who advocates for, and has significantly impacted, STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) education in Southeast Washington.

Rowley teaches an Intro to Biotechnology course which connects students to the real-world of STEM professions.  The course is gaining in popularity with two sections now being offered.  In addition to her duties at Hanford High, Rowley works with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s research immersion programs as a Master Teacher and has collaborated with local teachers in developing new and innovative lesson plans.