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Hobby ES teacher honored by Texas Medical Association

2016 June 6
by HISD Communications

lauren_pauquetteHobby Elementary School science teacher Lauren Paquette was recently awarded by the Texas Medical Association with the 2016 TMA Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching. The award recognizes elementary, middle school, and high school teachers for helping to create tomorrow’s physicians by inspiring students in the field of science

Paquette took home first-place honors in the elementary category and received a $5,000 cash prize for herself and a $2,000 resources grant for Hobby Elementary. The school plans to use the grant to build an outdoor learning lab for students.

TMA physicians created the award to encourage outstanding science teaching techniques that inspire Texas students to succeed and for some to choose medicine as a career. Several TMA physician leaders were taught by past recipients of the teaching award.

“The very best teachers are relentlessly devoted to their students’ learning and development,” said Deborah A. Fuller, MD, president of the TMA Foundation, TMA’s philanthropic arm. “Teachers like Lauren help ensure that students appreciate the role of science in understanding our world and how to use scientific information to make daily decisions.”

Science professionals from The University of Texas Charles A. Dana Center chose finalists from a pool of thousands of applicants, and physicians from TMA’s Educational Scholarship, Loan, and Awards Committee selected the winners.

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