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Scientist Turned Educator Named Secondary Teacher of the Year

Scientist Turned Educator Named Secondary Teacher of the Year

Klein Collins’ Courtney De Leon gets students excited about learning


Science in Klein Collin’s Courtney De Leon’s classroom is anything but ordinary. And for this District Secondary Teacher of the Year, learning is extraordinary.

“We teach kids to wonder and to be curious,” said Klein Collins teacher Courtney De Leon. “And if you don’t leave a science classroom more curious and with more questions than when you started, then I didn’t do good that day.”

Each day, De Leon creates a classroom that is not always a typical science classroom. She is busy finding innovative challenges to help her students get excited about learning and using hands-on lessons that put the students in charge of their education.

“She makes learning exciting,” said Principal Randy Kirk. “The students go into her class each day expecting to be amazed, and she does not disappoint.”

She realizes that by giving kids the power to learn more, they should surpass their expectations as to how an ordinary science classroom looks like and feels. By using unique demonstrations in class, she has seen that her students have taken away lessons and have been able to apply those skills and to her, that’s the goal in teaching.

“I’ve never seen a student or a class that she wasn’t able to relate with and make them want to learn and be excited about science.

“Kids are my passion. Helping somebody else find their purpose, helping somebody else find their passion and what they really love and seeing their own capabilities, that’s my passion.”

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