Hahnville High School teacher wins 3 awards

HHS teacher Tyler Dufrene with Superintendent Felecia Gomez-Walker and School Board President Al Suffrin.

A Hahnville High School teacher earned distinction for winning three awards.

Tyler Dufrene won a award on April 6 in the 2018 Joint Science and Technology Institute (JSTI), a world-class STEM research and professional development opportunity in Aberdeen, Maryland.  He will work with scientists from the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as with teachers and students from all over the country, on a collaborative STEM research project. It is a two-week, all-expense-paid experience that comes with a stipend.  The institute will run from July 21 – Aug.3. Approximately 10 teachers were chosen nationwide.

“I am extremely honored to be the first teacher from Louisiana to be accepted to this unique and prestigious program,” Dufrene said.

His second award came with Dufrene being selected to participate in the Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers (SSEAT), which he did in June. The topic of study was biodiversity. This honor included a week-long, all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where he participated in museum tours, lectures, field trips and inquiry-based hands-on activities. Special perks included going behind-the-scenes of the Smithsonian. Teachers were chosen based on whether or not they exemplify the characteristics of a teacher scholar and if they serve as a role model in the school and community.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Dow, Jacobs and the Smithsonian Science Education Center for sponsoring me to attend this prestigious program, as well as for their unwavering support of my students,” Dufrene said.

His third award came from NSTA and Shell, which partnered to offer one school from each grade band (elementary, middle, and high school) in each of Shell’s 12 assets a grant to renovate lab facilities and purchase new equipment. One elementary and middle school from each asset receives $10,000 and one high school from each asset wins $15,000.

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