Lexmark recently honored Roxanna Rickly, a science teacher at Bourbon County Middle School in Paris, Ky., with INSPIRE: Lexmark’s Teaching Award.
The program recognizes outstanding Central Kentucky area elementary, middle and high school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers.
Roxanna Rickly challenges her sixth grade science students to innovate through activities that make science relevant to their lives, such as designing and building “stomp rockets” and conducting heat transfer experiments to design a better mitten. Rickly also mentors new teachers and has taught science workshops for teachers across the state to improve their instructional skills.
Lexmark representatives presented Rickly with a $1,000 award in front of peers and students at Bourbon County Middle School, to be used to promote STEM education in her classroom.
Lexmark launched INSPIRE: Lexmark’s Teaching Award in 2011 to highlight and salute exceptional middle and high school teachers who teach science, technology, engineering and/or math in designated Central Kentucky counties. In 2013 the program was expanded to include elementary school teachers.
In order to be eligible for the INSPIRE award, a teacher must receive an online nomination as well as one reference letter from students, colleagues, parents, school administrators or community leaders. Eligible nominees must teach in one of the following Central Kentucky counties: Anderson, Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Scott and Woodford. Nominations can be made on the INSPIRE: Lexmark’s Teaching Award page on Lexmark.com.