Brooks Global Studies Elementary School Teacher Wins Award for STEM Education

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – John Phillips, a science and social studies teacher at Brooks Global Studies Elementary School in Greensboro, N.C. has received the 2016 Outstanding Educator Award from the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center. Mr. Phillips was recognized at the SMT Center’s gala on April 30 in Cary, N.C.

The annual award recognizes an outstanding elementary or middle school teacher in STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in North Carolina.

“Mr. Phillips exhibits the passion and creativity that we look for in this award,” said Dr. Sam Houston, president and CEO of the SMT Center. “We believe that STEM should stand for Strategies that Engage Minds – and Mr. Phillips’ teaching style allows students to solve problems and be engaged in the education process.”

“As a colleague I admire John and his teaching style and the way he can effortlessly structure his classroom so the most learning happens,” said colleague Sandra Lubchenko. “There has never been a time that John has not helped me when I have asked him, and I feel like students and parents feel the same way about him.”

The N.C. Science, Mathematics, and Technology (SMT) Center is focused on improving education as a means of providing all students in North Carolina with the knowledge and skills to have successful careers, be good citizens, and advance the economy of the state. Promoting innovation and change in education, the SMT Center celebrates educational excellence in North Carolina by supporting educators, engaging students, and advancing the growing importance of having a STEM-educated workforce.