Kelli Ellickson, a science specialist at Cedar Park Elementary STEM School in District 196, was selected to receive the elementary Science Teaching Award for 2017 by the Minnesota Science Teachers Association (MnSTA). The award is given to just two Minnesota science teachers each year, one elementary and one secondary, who exhibit exemplary science teaching skills.
“I am deeply honored to receive (this award),” Ellickson said. “It is both an honor and privilege to teach. I feel a great sense of pride and responsibility for preparing our children for successful futures.”
Ellickson will be recognized at the MnSTA conference Nov. 10 in St. Cloud.
“I would like to thank my colleagues who share my passion for science and collaboratively strive for excellence,” Ellickson said. “I believe in a student’s innate ability to explore, question, experiment and problem solve. I look forward to teaming up with district staff and community partners to innovate and implement rich science experiences in our K-12 STEM pathway, nurturing, engaging and empowering students to be life-long learners with infinite possibilities.”
Ellickson will receive a $1,000 scholarship, which she will use to convert her school’s greenhouse into an energy and agriculture lab for students to study renewable energy, energy conservation and to extend the growing season.
As the science specialist at Cedar Park, Ellickson integrates science, technology and engineering enrichment opportunities for all students. She has worked in District 196 for 27 years, teaching kindergarten, 1st grade and 3rd grade prior to becoming a science specialist.