2024 Winning Science Teachers



Grand Prize Winner: 

Selene Verhofstad, EdD

 2024 STA VERHOFSTADSelene Verhofstad, EdD, a chemistry teacher at Pasadena Virtual School, has been igniting the spark of curiosity in young minds. With an unwavering passion for his subject and an infectious enthusiasm for teaching, Dr. Verhofstad has spent 10+ years shaping the minds of young students through a multifaceted approach ensures that every student finds a connection with the subject matter.

Her “educational philosophy is rooted in encouraging curiosity and critical thinking through inquiry-based learning,” fostering an environment where students actively explore, question, and discover, igniting a lifelong passion for knowledge and understanding.

Dr. Verhofstad’s impact extends far beyond her classroom walls. As an Academic Decathlon, Octathlon, and Science UIL Coach, Dr. Verhofstad has not only elevated team performance but also served as a beacon of guidance and mentorship for students.

Distinguished Award Winners: 

Christi Fuchs

 2024 STA FUCHSWith a passion for igniting curiosity and instilling critical thinking skills, Christi Fuchs has dedicated her career to crafting innovative teaching methodologies that resonate with her students. Her classroom is not merely a space for lectures, but a dynamic hub of experimentation, exploration, and discovery.  

Through hands-on activities, real-world applications, and engaging demonstrations, she cultivates an environment where learning transcends textbooks and embraces experiential learning. 

Beyond the confines of her classroom at Cuero’s Hunt Elementary, Ms. Fuchs is a beacon of inspiration for her peers and the broader educational community. She actively collaborates with fellow educators, sharing best practices and innovative methodologies to enhance STEM education on a broader scale. Her tireless dedication and exemplary contributions have not only enriched the educational experiences of countless students but have also garnered recognition and accolades, including the prestigious Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching. 

Jamie Flint


Jamie Flint, a seasoned educator with 20 years of experience, teaches grades 10-12 honors and AP chemistry at Spring Woods High School in Houston, TX. Breaking away from conventional teaching norms, Ms. Flint infuses her lessons with real-world relevance and hands-on experimentation, providing her students with an immersive learning experience.  

Ms. Flint's impact far transcends her role as a teacher. With unwavering dedication, she assumes a mantle of leadership, guiding and mentoring her colleagues with grace and expertise. Her commitment to staying current with the latest advancements in science education ensures that her students receive a top-tier education.  

Her dedication and expertise have consistently led her students to excel in AP Chemistry exams. In 2022, 71% of her students passed the exam, and in 2023, this impressive figure rose to 91%. These results reflect not only her deep understanding of the subject matter but also her ability to engage and inspire her students. 

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Last Updated On

July 05, 2024

Originally Published On

February 28, 2017