(Individuals in photo, from left to right: Dr. Leslie Cohen of SAMPE, Evergreen School Upper Division math and science teacher Shayé Whitmer, Head of School Ronnie Codrington-Cazeau, Upper Division Head Halsey Bell)
Shayé Whitmer, Upper Division math and science teacher at The Evergreen School (Shoreline, WA), has won the William Dahlgren Award, recognizing outstanding K-12 teachers for inspiring students in math, science and engineering fields. The award, given by SAMPE (the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering), includes a prize of $500, and particularly targets teachers who encourage general entrepreneurship and excel according to the following criteria:
- Excellence: Motivating students to achieve their best.
- Integrity: Consistently thinking, sometimes doing more than what is required.
- Respect: Treating each student as valuable and full of potential.
- Innovation: Inspiring students to explore and create on their own from what is taught.
In presenting the award, SAMPE Foundation President Dr. Leslie Cohen, Evergreen parent Bob LaFramboise—who nominated Shayé—and Head of School Ronnie Codrington-Cazeau, along with a group of administrators and teachers, surprised Shayé in the midst of a 6th grade science class, delighting his students.