NBMS Teacher Selected for National Professional Development Opportunity
BELTON, TX — A Belton ISD middle school teacher is one of only 10 teachers nationwide to be selected to participate in a prestigious professional development training that will enhance the classroom learning opportunities she provides her students.
Jennifer Snead, a sixth grade science teacher at North Belton Middle School, was named a 2021 National STEM Scholar and will participate in a yearlong program designed to inspire the creativity and passion of middle school science teachers.
“I believe in being a lifelong learner,” Snead said. “Attending professional development in any form or fashion gives me the opportunity to grow as a teacher and be better than I was a day, month or year ago.”
Snead will attend a week-long conference in June where she’ll have the opportunity to engage with national thought leaders in STEM education on hands-on, minds-on science activities.
Following the conference, hosted by The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science and The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University, Snead will implement the “Challenge Project” she proposed during the selection process.
“Next year during our ecology unit my students will be researching, designing and building an interactive scale model of a large land area with different landforms, urban and rural building sites and water sources,” Snead said. “They will choose human pollutants to represent on the model and then observe how the pollutants travel from the streets, farms and factories to our surface water and then to our groundwater.”
They’ll then get to watch the water be purified naturally and deposited into the aquifer, Snead added.
“I enjoy learning new ideas and skills to bring back to my students and fellow educators,” said Snead, who is completing her 12th year teaching and second year in Belton ISD. “As much as I teach my students, I learn even more from them.”