St. Patrick teacher wins Amgen honor

Jody Hartigan, a middle school science teacher at St. Patrick School, has been named the recipient of the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence (AASTE) for 2012.

The award includes an unrestricted $5,000 grant for Hartigan to use, and a restricted $5,000 grant for the school to apply toward its science program.

Hartigan joined the faculty at St. Patrick School in the fall of 2010 as a science teacher. Prior to that, Hartigan taught fourth-grade for seven years in Raleigh, NC.

The Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence is an annual program that recognizes extraordinary contributions by educators across the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada who, according to a press release from St. Patrick School, “elevate the level of science literacy through creativity in the classroom and motivation of students.”

Hartigan earned a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies and a master’s degree in elementary education at West Virginia University.

Hartigan is one of nine recipients across the U.S. and Canada of the AASTE award.

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