Congratulations to Tulsa Public Schools science teacher Amy Bracher! The Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance named Mrs. Bracher as one of just four Siegfried STEM Educator of the Year Finalists. She currently teaches at Booker T. Washington High School. She was nominated in the middle school category; she previously taught at Will Rogers College Middle School.
Finalists will be honored at Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance’s Flight Night gala. Each category finalist will receive $2,500, including a $2,000 classroom or professional development grant and $500 for personal use. At Flight Night, one of the four finalists will be announced as the overall winner. This honor comes with an additional $2,500.
The Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance wrote the following about Mrs. Bracher:
"Amy Bracher is an exceptional educator who has dedicated 16 years to shaping young minds in the fields of Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and IB Sports, Exercise, and Health Science. Holding a degree in Pre-Med Biology from Hendrix College, she shifted her career aspirations to education and has since become a force in Tulsa’s educational landscape. Having taught at various institutions, including international schools in Bangkok, Amy brings a global perspective to her teaching. Her commitment to equitable education led her to be named the 2020-2021 Rogers MS Teacher of the Year and a TPS Semifinalist Teacher of the Year.
"Amy firmly believes that every student possesses the ability to learn and grow, a philosophy she practices by accommodating diverse learning styles and providing multiple avenues for comprehension. She fosters collaboration among her students, drawing on her background in coaching soccer and cheerleading to encourage teamwork and varied perspectives. Her philosophy revolves around empowering students as independent thinkers and problem solvers. By encouraging collaboration and diversity of thought, she prepares her students for real-world challenges. She also champions equitable education by advocating through the Tulsa Parent Legislative Action Committee and securing funding for enriching experiences.
"Amy makes STEM practical and accessible, infusing her curriculum with diverse voices and real-world scenarios. Her dedication is evident in her students’ smiles, the breakthroughs they experience, and the positive impact she’s had on education. In her pursuit to cultivate critical thinkers and STEM enthusiasts, she leaves an indelible mark on her students’ lives."
Click here to read more about the prestigious award and about the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance.