Christa Phillips to receive the Excellence in STEM Teaching Award by the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network

“The Excellence in STEM Teaching Award recognizes a teacher who exemplifies integrated, STEM-infused teaching strategies, classroom innovation, and whose work has led to positive student learning outcomes. This awardee engages students in inquiry-based learning to develop creativity, teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills,” according to the TSIN website.



Christa Phillips is a secondary STEM teacher at Houston High School in Germantown, TN. In addition, she is the lead STEM teacher for Germantown Municipal School District and a lead teacher in the West TN STEM Innovation Hub’s Master Teacher Corps. Her students are engaged in STEM learning within her courses, as well as outside of school through projects and competitions in CyberPatriot, Skills USA, Technology Student Association, Houston High School STEM Club, and Camp Invention, where she serves as the camp’s director. Additionally, Mrs. Phillips coordinates all STEM efforts across the Germantown Municipal School District through a collaborative cohort that works to define what STEM education looks like in the classroom, as well as the vertical alignment of the STEM programs offered throughout the district. Mrs. Phillips is being recognized for her commitment to integrating STEM learning inside and outside of the classroom and for her efforts to encourage other teachers as they seek to integrate STEM in their own classrooms.
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