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Mount Baker MS Teacher Named State Science Teacher of the Year!

Jody Dylan, Mount Baker Middle School science teacher, has been selected as the 2011/12 Middle School Science Teacher of the Year by the Washington State Science Teachers Association. She received an honorarium of $500 and was recognized at the WSTA Convention, Dec. 8-10, 2011.

Dylan has taught in the Mount Vernon School District since 2004, working diligently and tirelessly to improve science education at Mount Baker Middle School and across the district, a district news release said.

District Superintendent Carl Bruner said Dylan is a master teacher who forms supportive relationships with all students and consistently pushes to improve her instructional practice.

“I have had the privilege of knowing and working with many talented science teachers over my career and Jody easily ranks in the top 1 percent. She is a star among middle school science teachers,” Bruner said.

Dylan is recognized for striving to provide high-level opportunities for all students. She played a leadership role with her colleagues in the North Cascades Olympic Science Partnership and the College Readiness in Science Project — both multi-district partnerships with Western Washington University designed to improve science instruction for all students in member districts.

WSTA is a professional organization dedicated to advocating and promoting quality science education for all, at all levels of instruction. Each year the statewide organization recognizes one elementary, middle and high school teacher for this honor.