LAS CRUCES – Camino Real Middle School’s Brian Claar is one of six science teachers statewide to receive the New Mexico Science Teachers Association 2011 Excellence in Teaching Science Award.
The NMSTA “is dedicated to providing a network for educators throughout the state to work collaboratively towards improving science education from pre-kindergarten through college,” according to the NMSTA’s November 7, 2011 news release.
"Brian Claar is an enthusiastic middle school science teacher who instills curiosity and love of science in his students by integrating inquiry-based curriculum in his classroom. Mr. Claar keeps live animals in his life science class as teaching tools for students as they learn about adaptation, appropriate care and environments for specific species. His classroom is an active learning experience for students," said NMSTA.
Brian encourages student participation in a variety of community events. He sponsors several STEM clubs on his campus. Every year, his students provide a booth for the Science Education Alliance (SEA) Fair in Las Cruces for K-6 students to engage in hands-on science projects.
Brian serves as a role model for life-long learning by representing New Mexico in the NASA Teacher Astronaut Training Program in Houston. He also facilitates teacher professional development workshops in his district.
For more information, visit http://nmsta.org .