Air Force Association Teacher of the Year Nomination – 2016-2017
King William High School, Virginia
Ms. Lydia Gruber
It is a great privilege that I am able to nominate Ms. Lydia Gruber for the 2016-2017 School Year Air Force Association Teacher from King William High School, Virginia.
Ms. Lydia Gruber received her Bachelor of Science in Biology Education from State University of New York at Fredonia in 2014. She is currently working towards a Masters of Education degree in Reading with additional certifications as a reading specialist and English as a second language teacher. Her drive and dedication are highlighted in the fact that she is projected to complete this program this Summer.
In her first year of teaching, Ms. Gruber worked with the Richmond Public Schools as a Science teacher. While working with these students, she led a fundraiser to build a well in Africa through The Water Project to help those without potable water. She has continued this desire to educate students about life in other places around the world during her time here at King William High School. She frequently brings in articles and stories from different areas in the world. Specifically, her oceanography students have created public service announcements to describe problems that are affecting the World’s oceans, and her Earth Science students have tracked and monitored their own water usage and compared it to that of people in other countries to better understand our planet and this finite resource.
Ms. Gruber holds her students to a high standard and works diligently to ensure they meet and exceed Virginia State accreditation standards. She is constantly looking for ways to improve the Science curriculum and her education. This year she has attended professional development seminars from the Virginia State Reading Association which focused on using problem-based learning and technology in the classroom.
Finally, she has attended the Virginia Society for Technology in Education annual conference. Upon which, she was able to implement many of the technology ideas into her classroom and to share them with her peers. She has also championed the start of a “first-ever” Astronomy course which will provide students additional ways to further their STEM education, and seek new opportunities for their future endeavors.
I am honored to be able to nominate Ms. Gruber and I know she has the drive, education, and sincere dedication to expand the STEM curriculum for our students and she personifies our motto of having our students progress from “Great to Greater!”