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SAE International Honors Western Peaks Elementary School Teachers

WARRENDALE, Pa., May 20, 2009 - Three teachers from Western Peaks Elementary School of the Dysart Unified School District in Surprise, Ariz., are recipients of SAE International's Gary Dickinson Award for Teaching Excellence.  The awards were presented during an A World In Motion® (AWIM) science fair at the school earlier this year. 

Funded through the SAE Foundation, the award was established in 2001 to recognize teachers who have made creative and exemplary use of SAE International's AWIM program to further develop students' understanding of math and science. The award commemorates Gary Dickinson, an automotive industry leader who played a major role in the development of AWIM for middle school students. 

This year’s recipients are:

 

 

Shawn E. Lent
Lent teaches seventh- and eighth-grade science at Western Peaks. A teacher in Arizona for 11 years, Lent serves on the school’s Benchmark Testing Committee and Grant Writing Committee and is an after-school tutor. He also received the Arizona-Nevada Excellence in Science Teaching Award in 2008. Lent earned an associate degree in sign language, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and a master’s degree in bilingual and multicultural education.

Becky Rose
Rose teaches seventh-grade math at Western Peaks. She also is a seventh-grade team leader, member of the Math Curriculum Committee, head of the AIMS Testing Committee, Chair of the Grant Writing Committee, yearbook adviser and member of the Benchmark Testing Committee. A teacher in Arizona for more than 12 years, Rose was nominated for the Disney Teacher of the Year Award in 2005. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in English and holds a master’s degree in bilingual and multicultural education.

Yvonne Yancey-Stroud
Yancey-Stroud passed away after being named a recipient of this award, which was accepted on her behalf by her husband. She had been a certified guest teacher at the school since 2005 and was previously employed as a social worker by Arizona Children Youth and Families. Yancey-Stroud received a bachelor’s degree in history from Columbia College of Missouri.

For more information on Lent, Rose and Yancey-Stroud, please contact Jim Dean at jim.dean@dysart.org.

SAE International is a global association of more than 121,000 engineers and related technical experts in the automotive, aerospace and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.

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