Posted on May 13, 2016
Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMU-Q) and Maersk Oil Qatar have announced the third annual STEM Educator of the Year award competition for Qatar's top teacher in math and science as part of the Dhia: Engineering Leaders programme.
 
Teachers of STEM disciplines in independent, private and international primary, preparatory and high schools in Qatar are eligible for nomination for the STEM Educator of the Year award. Nominees must have been employed by their nominating school for at least one full academic year and be currently employed by the nominating school. Nominations are due May 21.
 
The Dhia partnership between TAMU-Q and Maersk Oil Qatar supports the development of Qatar's knowledge-based economy through outreach programmes designed to inspire young people in Qatar to take up science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in school and university. STEM education in primary, preparatory and secondary schools is central to these efforts and the STEM Educator of the Year award recognises outstanding educators whose work contributes to exceptional STEM education in Qatar.
 
Lewis Affleck, managing director of Maersk Oil Qatar, said:"We are proud to support STEM Educator of the Year for the third time. The award reflects Maersk Oil Qatar's continuing commitment to promoting STEM education in Qatar, building local skills capacity and to supporting development and progress in engineering and science education." The STEM Educator of the Year award commends the commitment of teachers and the positive impact they are having on young people in Qatar.
 
The initiative encourages educators to instruct students in innovative ways and represents direct efforts to support Qatar's human and social development, which will drive the country's economic and environmental development through engineers and scientists. Wasan Yousif Muhsin al Ani, a chemistry teacher at Amna Bint Wahab Secondary School for Girls, was named the 2015 Engineering Leaders STEM Educator of the Year. She was nominated for the award for her inclusive educational strategy ” described as 'hands-on and minds-on' ” that has enabled many of her students to achieve top rankings in the national comprehensive exams during the past five years. She succeeded Faiza Hassan Musa, a chemistry teacher at Al Bayan Educational Complex for Girls, who won the inaugural award in 2014.
 
Dr Ann Kenimer, interim dean of TAMU-Q, said:"The STEM Educator of the Year award represents direct efforts to support Qatar's human and social development, which will drive the country's economic and environmental development through engineers and scientists. A selection committee will review nomination packets and choose the winning teacher, who will receive a cash prize of QR20,000.
 
Full details about the competition are available at www.stem.qa
 
source: Qatar Tribune

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