Four Rhode Island Teachers Receive Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence
Published on June 17, 2010
This year's Amgen Awards for Science Teaching Excellence (AASTE) honored four Rhode Island teachers from several schools around the state to acknowledge their effective teaching methods in the classroom and ability to motivate their students to excel.
The 2010 Rhode Island winners are:
- Carrie Clegg, Hampden Meadows School, Barrington
- Kristen Deschene, Western Coventry Elementary School
- Erin Michael Escher, Portsmouth Middle School
- Catherine Hibbitt, Lincoln School, Providence
Each winner will receive an unrestricted cash award of $5,000 and the awardee's school will receive a restricted grant of $5,000 to be utilized for the expansion or enhancement of a school science program, for science resources, or for the professional development of the school's science teachers.
"The generosity and value Amgen places on science teachers is truly unique and appreciated," 2010 award recipient Erin Michael Escher said, "I believe this award and grant program will continue to promote teaching excellence and have a positive effect on student learning experiences in science."
Amgen, a biotechnology pioneer, discovers, develops, manufactures and markets therapeutics for illnesses such as cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other serious illnesses. Rhode Island Amgen is notorious for their generous contributions to a number of in-state research institutions in an effort to enhance science education in the community. The company recently contributed one million dollars towards state-of-the-art laboratories in the newly constructed Center for Biotechnology and Life Science building at the University of Rhode Island (URI). Amgen has also donated equipment to URI's bio-manufacturing lab at the Providence campus, hosted interns at their West Greenwich facility, and hired graduates from universities around the state. The company has also provided in-kid support to the RI-Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Providence and is a major sponsor to the annual RI Science and Engineering Fair.