Elementary Science Teacher Wins Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge


Kaiser Elementary’s fifth-grade science teacher Jeff Hattrup was given a big reason to jump for joy yesterday.

Hattrup was named the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge Elementary School Winner by the National Science Teachers Association and Shell Oil Company. This award recognizes one K-12 science teacher who has had a positive impact on their students, school, and community through high-quality science teaching.

“What we try to do with this grant is recognize, reward, and honor teachers that are teaching science in a way that is innovative and inspiring for the students,” Shell Oil and Gas Program Manager for Education Toyin Ope said. “This encourages the students to study science subjects and, ultimately, we want them to study science so that they can come and work for us one day.”

Hattrup applied for the grant in December with the helpful collaboration of science specialist, Esperanza Valsin, and a vision of increased innovation and personalized learning for the cowboys and cowgirls of Kaiser.

“It’s nice to know that we can bring things to life a little better for them now,” Hattrup said. “There are so many new things that we’re looking forward to using.”

In addition to a science lab makeover worth $10,000 with a professional development support package, Hattrup will also receive a trip to the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in July and a chance at national recognition next fall once he successfully implements the new materials.

Congratulations to our Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge Winner!