Congratulations to Becky Dunleavy, Utah’s Outstanding Mathematics, Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year.
Dunleavy is a math and science teacher at Bountiful Junior High School in the Davis School District. She began a MESA program at the school in 2013, where she has taught for eight years. Since then, her students have participated in many activities, field trips and competitions including STEM fairs and the annual Utah State University’s Physics Day at Lagoon.
“She is an exemplary model for our students, going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that our public school children receive a high quality education,” said Rita Brock, Utah State Office of Education coordinator. “I applaud her hard work and tireless commitment to female and culturally diverse students, who are minorities in STEM fields.”
Each year the MESA award is given to outstanding teachers who promote and inspire students to strive for excellence in Utah schools implementing the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) programs.
Last year Dunleavy’s students wanted to try robotics. To help her students with their new interest, Dunleavy took classes in circuitry and programing. This year, she has helped her students learn basic programing, how to read schematics and how to build a circuit. With her help, students used Arduinos to create and program Space Invaders games. They even used binary to design their unique aliens.
Cheryl L. May, one of her nominators and former colleague said, “Dunleavy provides activities that promote STEM while encouraging students to become involved and excited about math and science, engineering and technology. She makes a special effort to encourage as many female students as possible in exploring the possibility of pursuing careers in the STEM field.”
John, one of her students said Dunleavy has enriched MESA members like him in the “wonderful world of robotic sciences, helping us not just for this fun activity but teaching us life skills through it.”
Dunleavy will receive $500 and be recognized at the 2016 Utah Engineering Council Awards ceremony on February 26.