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2017 LEGO® Education Teacher Award

In collaboration with Tufts University CEEO

Thank you for inspiring lifelong learning.

The winners have been selected! Thank you to all who applied for the 2017 LEGO® Education Teacher Award. We were truly inspired by the innovative learning taking place in each and every one of your classrooms.

The judging process included a thorough review of submissions by a diverse panel of educators, STEM experts and researchers. We look forward to your application next year and want to thank all of the dedicated teachers, especially those who applied and were not selected but are innovating in the area of STEM.  In the meantime, check out our winners below and learn more about our judges and judging process.

Meet our 2017 Teacher Award Winners

Reneé Geddings, Robotics & Engineering Instructor

2017 LEGO Education Teacher Award - Renne Geddings

Reneé Geddings serves at Killian Elementary STEAM Leaders Magnet where she researched, planned, developed, launched, and instructs the school's first ever Robotics & Engineering Program. She teaches K5-5th grade students as part of the Related Arts rotation under a Magnet Schools of America Grant. The focus of the Robotics & Engineering program is to build competencies in engineering and technology connected to applied science, mathematics, and problem-solving using the “4 Cs” of communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.

Reneé has a Masters in School Administration and Supervision from Clemson University. She is an avid supporter of infusing opportunities in the arts, engineering, authentic problem-solving and creativity throughout the curriculum. She has worked to support outstanding performance at Title 1 schools including a Microsoft Showcase school and schools recognized for growth in student achievement.

When away from work, Reneé can be found reading, doing graphic arts, kayaking, tinkering with design in various media, or helping her husband build custom electric guitars. 

Twitter @Jr_Engineers

Julie Blystad, Science and Robotics Specialist

2017 LEGO Education Teacher Award - Julie Bylstad

Julie Blystad has taught science at Bertschi School in Seattle, U.S.A., for over twenty years. She has been responsible for building the dynamic science curriculum and the robotics continuum, which extends from first through fifth grade. Julie believes that teaching science and robotics is one of the most engaging and and challenging educational opportunities anyone could ever have. Working with young people ensures that no day is ever the same.

Julie is a Science Specialist with a B.S. in Biology from University of Washington and an M.A. in Gender Diversity from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and an M.A. in Curriculum and Development from Seattle University.

In her spare time, Julie is an avid traveler. In the past 12 months she has been to Cuba, Paris, Japan, and Ireland. She is also the proud mother of two exceptional sons.

Twitter @blystad

Learn About our Application Process

Get prepared for next year's Teacher Award.  Applicants are required to submit the standard application form, including:

  • Provide an abstract of a proposed presentation for the symposium in Billund, Denmark showing your use of the LEGO® brick in the classroom (max. 200 words)
  • Lesson materials and/or resources, e.g. a sample worksheet or lesson plan
  • Evidence of implementation, e.g. a photo, short video (max 2 minutes) or sample of student work
  • Evidence of contribution to the teaching community
  • A brief self-evaluation and/or reflection

Stay tuned for dates for the 2018 Teacher Award.

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