Sabrina Ewald of Centennial High School has been named the Texas Section Outstanding Earth Science Teacher (OEST) Awards winner for the second time. She also won the award in 2016.
The award is presented through the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
Ewald has been teaching for 18 years and currently teaches Earth and Space Science, AP Environmental Science and Astronomy. She also helps write curriculum for the District. She earned her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Science in education and science at Louisiana Tech University, where she began her studies in geology before changing to secondary science education. This summer, Ms. Ewald was participated in the NASA TEX2 Externship program for students and educators.
Some of Ewald’s contributions to her campus include founding the CHS STEM Club, promoting hands-on learning in her classroom and in the field, including an augmented reality sandbox for students studying topography, geomorphology and hydrology. The sandbox was funded by a grant from Wells Fargo. She is also a DUKE TIP instructor during summer breaks.
Alicia Maphies, principal of Centennial High School, expressed her pleasure at the great news of a second award earned by Ewald.
“Mrs. Ewald is creative, collaborative and a stellar model of the life-long learner,” she said. “She is continually searching for new and innovative ways to make her curriculum meaningful to students, whether via the augmented reality sandbox in her classroom to help students understand weather patterns, or via the tools she’s gained from her endeavors with NASA this summer. Mrs. Ewald’s skills and enthusiasm are a gift to her students and the Centennial High School campus!”
The NAGT presents each OEST awardee a plaque and a two-year membership in the Association, which includes a subscription to the online Journal of Geoscience Education. In addition, the Geological Society of America provides a monetary award and a 3-year Teachers Associate Membership (including membership in the Geoscience Education Division), and the National Earth Science Teachers Association provides a two-year membership, which includes a subscription to the Earth Scientist. The following organizations provide tangible support of various kinds such as teaching materials or gifts: American Geological Institute, American Geophysical Union, American Institute of Professional Geologists, and the U.S. Geological Survey.