An Emmett High School instructor is one of three teachers statewide who each won a $2,000 state award for their work in the classroom supporting technology education.
Sandy Powell, who teaches chemistry, physics and physical science, was a recipient of the Governors Industry Award for Notable Teaching in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, called the GIANTS Award.
Other top winters were David Moon of North Idaho STEM Academy in Rathdrum and Luella Stelck, a gifted and talented teacher in the Moscow School District.
Honorable mention awards of $500 each were awarded to Amber McVey of Pepper Ridge Elementary School in Meridian and Carole Cox of Parma High School.
Powell was highlighted for creating science experiments that her students could be doing in real-world jobs in technology, engineering and media. Teachers are nominated by student councils or parent groups at their school.
Awards were started by the governors office and are supported by industry such as the Micron Foundation, Hewlett Packard Co. and the Idaho National Laboratory.