Elmore Park MS teacher named Science Educator of Year

Jacob Farrell
Jacob Farrell, at left, was named the Tennessee Science Teachers Association’s Science Educator of the Year for grades 5-8. He is pictured with Kelly Ramey, TSTA award chair.

The Tennessee Science Teacher’s Association has announced the 2015 Science Educators of the Year at their March 31 spring conference.

This year’s winner for grades 5-8 is Jacob Farrell, who teaches Science and STEM at Elmore Park Middle School. Farrell has been teaching for 10 years.

This award recognizes leadership roles in promoting science and outstanding contributions to science education that positively impact the community.

He has served as a member of the Bartlett City Schools STEM council, a member of school leadership team learning group, leader of multiple science professional development sessions for Bartlett City Schools, core coach in literacy for the state of Tennessee, Science core coach for the state of Tennessee, and lead two science professional development sessions for Shelby County Schools. He has also been a part of initiating the STEM program at Elmore Park Middle School, organizing the Science Fair for Elmore Park Middle, Bartlett City Schools, and Germantown Middle School, as well as organizing the first E-day competition for Bartlett City Schools.

“I know my students are going to learn,” Farrell said. “They are challenged, because I know they are capable. Indeed, my students start to understand the rigor of becoming a scientist, and they succeed.”

For more information on the TSTA, go online to tsta.wildapricot.org. For more information on Elmore Park Middle School, see epms.bartlettschools.org.