PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophia Academy Science teacher Alyssa Wood was recently officially recognized with a presidential award for teaching excellence in Science, the highest honor in the United States for K-12 teachers. In 2016 Alyssa was honored at the state level, which kicked off a rigorous two-year vetting process for this national award.
Wood was one of only 140 individuals nationwide (two from Rhode Island) to earn this honor from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation. She returned home to a certificate of special recognition from Governor Gina Raimondo.
Her excellence as a teacher was also featured in the July issue of Science Scope, the magazine of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). The article recounts a research project on teaching science that was conducted in Wood’s Sophia Academy classroom; the researcher observed her classroom and identified a set of principles and best practices for ensuring all students, regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic background can develop “positive, science-linked identities.”