Sherry Aglietti, a Science teacher at Bay Creek Middle School, and Soo Son, who teaches 3rd grade at Suwanee Elementary School, have been named 2017 Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE) winners. Both educators received $7,500 that includes funds for innovative classroom projects ($3,500), professional development ($1,500) and personal stipends ($2,500). Aglietti and Son were honored for their work in improving student achievement, student self-esteem and collaborating with community stakeholders.
Sherry Aglietti, STEM Teacher at
Bay Creek Middle School
Ms. Aglietti is certified in Middle Grades Science, Social Science, and Reading with a Gifted In-Field endorsement; as well as 9-12 Biology and Broad Field Science. In 2011, she was awarded the Georgia Intern Fellowship for Teachers at Georgia Tech. This experience allowed her to participate in the Direct to Discovery (D2D) grant from 2011-2014, and incorporate technology and real-world science experiences in her classroom.
Her project she submitted for the AFAEE award is called Cultivating Community. The idea for this project came from a love of science and community involvement. 7th grade Life Science students will work through a series of lessons where they are introduced to cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems of plants. Using that knowledge, the teacher will design a Project-Based Lesson for ‘Cultivating Community.’ The driving question for this unit will be, “How can we use our knowledge of plants to help our local food co-op?” In order to grab the attention of students, the ‘entry event’ for this project will be a classroom visit by the head of the local food co-op. This presentation will show the students that our problem is one that needs to be addressed, solved and presented back to the co-op director.
Soo Son, 3rd Grade Teacher at
Mrs. Son has been an educator for 12 years. She serves on Suwanee Elementary’s Instructional Leadership team, STEM Leadership Team, and is a member of the North Gwinnett Cluster Math Vertical team. Mrs. Son’s passion for teaching continues in the summer as she directs Camp Invention, is a Cluster Trainer in the Math Institute, and attended the Buck Institute for a deeper knowledge of Project-Based Learning (PBL).
Her project for the AFAEE award is a STEAM PBL Collaboratory. The STEAM-PBL Collaboratory will allow teachers and students to take teaching and learning “outside of the box” to connect the classroom and the real world. The STEAM-PBL Collaboratory will consist of collaboration spaces so that students may discuss the issues and brainstorm possible solutions. It will also have more tablets for students to do the research on their questions and observations. Lastly, it will have 3D printers, so that students may build their ideas, test their hypothesis and deliver presentations.
The two teachers were among seven educators from around Metropolitan Atlanta honored by the AFAEE. The 2017 winners will be celebrated at a special ceremony on May 3, 2017 at The Carter Center. To find out more information about the event, visit www.atlantafamilies.org.
The Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE) is a nonprofit with a mission to elevate public education by identifying excellent educators and empowering them to expand their impact.