Berkeley teachers, school, honored for science teaching

Cragmont Elementary students enjoy the East Bay Regional Parks Mobile Fish Exhibit brought to the school in recognition of its great science teaching. Photo: CSR
Cragmont Elementary students enjoy the East Bay Regional Parks Mobile Fish Exhibit brought to the school in recognition of its great science teaching. Photo: CRS

Community Resources for Science, a Berkeley-based education nonprofit that works with local schools “to bring hands-on into the classroom,” last week honored several Berkeley elementary school teachers, as well as an entire Berkeley school, for excellent science teaching.

The honorees this year were Bethany Laurie at Jefferson Elementary; Debra Hill at Malcolm X Elementary; Carrie Peters and Kristine Fowler, both at Berkeley Arts Magnet; Noelle Sedor at Oxford Elementary; and Suzanne Ingley at Rosa Parks Elementary. Cragmont Elementary was honored as a whole school for excellent science education.

The CRS Science Super Star Challenge, which in its fifth year, is designed to “inspire, support, and honor teachers who bring excellent science learning experiences to their students.”

Cragmont Elementary students enjoy the East Bay Regional Parks Mobile Fish Exhibit brought to the school in recognition of its great science teaching. Photo: CSR
Cragmont Elementary students enjoy the East Bay Regional Parks Mobile Fish Exhibit brought to the school in recognition of its great science teaching. Photo: CRS

On Thursday, CRS brought the East Bay Regional Parks Mobile Fish Exhibit to the Cragmont campus in recognition of its achievement. The presentation featured a 26-foot long aquarium on wheels and taught students about life cycles, adaptations and conservation.


The Cragmont teachers who completed the Science Super Star Challenge were as follow (dates show the previous years they completed it):

  • Bobbye Smith
  • Eleanor Tiglao (2014, 2015)
  • Meredith Aki
  • Michelle Johnson
  • Pamela Deibel
  • Jill Tique-Montgomery
  • Cherene Fillingim-Selk (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Mollie Dutton-Starbuck
  • Nicholas Williams
  • Sara Ellberg (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Kellie McElhaney

“We think it’s so important to recognize teachers for the great work that they are doing for raising the next generation of thinkers,” said CRS spokesman Tyler Chuck.

Cragmont Elementary students enjoy the East Bay Regional Parks Mobile Fish Exhibit brought to the school in recognition of its great science teaching. Photo: CSR
Cragmont Elementary students enjoy the East Bay Regional Parks Mobile Fish Exhibit brought to the school in recognition of its great science teaching. Photo: CRS
Cragmont Elementary students enjoy the East Bay Regional Parks Mobile Fish Exhibit brought to the school in recognition of its great science teaching. Photo: CSR
Cragmont Elementary students enjoy the East Bay Regional Parks Mobile Fish Exhibit brought to the school in recognition of its great science teaching. Photo: CRS

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