CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Katie Crysup-Sikes, a Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Ph.D. student in Curriculum and Instruction, received the Ernest and Sarah Butler Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, presented by the Texas Medical Association (TMA). Crysup-Sikes, a teacher at Seashore Middle Academy, received a second place award in the middle school category and received a $500 grant for the science lab at her school.
Crysup-Sikes was one of six teacher award recipients selected from among 350 nominees and 190 applicants. According to the TMA, awards like this are important because just 32 percent of Texas 8th-graders have achieved proficiency in science, as reported by the National Science Foundation's "Science and Engineering Indicators 2014" report.
Through this award, the TMA hopes to help improve these numbers by recognizing innovative teachers and providing them resources to continue motivating and engaging students.