The ABQ teacher is an “unsung hero”
Voya Financial Inc. announced this week that Amanda Kraft, a teacher at New Mexico International School in Albuquerque, has been selected to receive a $ 2,000 grant as part of the company’s 2021 Unsung Heroes awards competition.
The program provides grants to kindergarten to grade 12 educators across the country to honor innovative teaching methods, creative educational projects and the ability to positively influence the children they teach, organizers said in a report. Press release.
Kraft’s winning teaching idea, “Hydroponic Garden STEM Project,” is designed to help students learn more about life sciences, genetics, chemistry, and alternative energy sources by maintaining and maintaining. taking care of the system.
Students breed guppies to learn more about genetics; test the pH and nitrogen levels of the water; and grow plants to be harvested for eating, the statement said.
“Educators have faced unprecedented challenges over the past year and, more than ever, they need support to make the students of today the leaders of tomorrow,” said Angela Harrell, Principal of Voya Diversity and Corporate Responsibility and President of the Voya Foundation.
Voya selects a winning teacher in each state. In addition to the $ 2,000 prize to help fund its program, Kraft will now compete with other finalists for one of the top three prizes: $ 5,000, $ 10,000 or $ 25,000 from Voya Financial.