Downers Grove North High School Science Teacher Ashley Remegi was one of 17 science teachers nationally to receive the Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers from the National Science Teachers Association. She was honored during the NSTA National Conference on Science Education last month in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition to her recognition as an exceptional and innovative science educator, Remegi will receive funds to attend continuing opportunities for professional development.
“Ashley is an excellent teacher, and this national award is confirmation of that fact,” says Janice Schwarze, principal of North High. “Students are engaged by her energetic teaching style, and we are all glad to have her part of the DGN staff.”
“We are proud of Ashley’s recognition from this prestigious and national organization,” says Mike Heinz, science department chair at North High. “We are fortunate that our students can benefit from her teaching. In addition to this, Ashley’s work as part of a collaborative team of teachers speaks volumes about how the community, as a whole, benefits from Ashley’s teaching ability and leadership skills.”
The annual NSTA Awards and Recognition Program was created to raise awareness and exposure of the outstanding work being done in the science education field. The Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers provides selected K–12 teachers (up to 25) in their first five years of teaching with funds to attend the annual National Conference on Science Education. Award recipients are mentored, tracked, and provided with continuing opportunities for meaningful involvement with NSTA and its activities.