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IMSA Teacher Receives ISTA New Teacher of the Year Award

IMSA Science Teacher Dr. Megan Schrementi was nominated by her colleagues and was recently recognized as a new teacher of the year at the Illinois Science Teachers Association (ISTA) conference held in October.

IMSA Science Faculty Member Dr. Megan Schrementi

The award recognizes K-12 new teachers who are in their first through fourth year of teaching “for their excellence in facilitating science learning in their classes.”

Recipients of the award must demonstrate innovative teaching styles and lessons, extracurricular involvement, professional development activities and trend setting practices in the field of science. As a result of the award, Dr. Schrementi was recently honored at the 2011 ISTA Annual Conference and will receive a one-year membership to ISTA and recognition in the ISTA journal Spectrum.

Dr. Schrementi, of Lombard, has been a member of the IMSA science faculty since 2009 and teaches Microbes and Disease, Virology and Biology. In addition to volunteering her time outside of the classroom to work with students on various research and independent study projects, Dr. Schrementi shares her professional expertise by presenting teaching workshops at professional development institutes and teaching summer science enrichment programs for junior high students.

Dr. Schrementi is the fourth IMSA science teacher to earn an award for teaching at ISTA in the past four years. Dr. Jeong Choe-Hwang received the award in 2010-2011, Sarah O'Leary received the award in 2008-2009, and Dr. Mark Carlson received the ISTA/ExxonMobil Outstanding Teacher of Science Award in 2010.

The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships. (

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