TULSA, Okla. - Owasso 8th Grade Center teacher Natalie Bird was named the Tex Richardson Engineering & Science Guidance Award recently. The annual award is presented jointly by the Tulsa Engineering Foundation and Oklahoma Engineering Foundation.
Bird, who is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) teacher, earned the award for her excellent and continuing work in engineering and science career guidance. She has guided students to compete in the Tulsa Engineering Challenge, SeaPerch, Drones, Gingerbread House Competitions and other STEM-related activities such as Kites, Sonia Kovalevsky Day, to name a few.
The Tex Richardson Engineering & Science Guidance Award was established in 1992 to recognize teachers and engineers in Oklahoma who demonstrate exceptional service in guidance activities, and is in memory of the late Tex Richardson who inspired so many in his years of guidance service. Normally two annual awards, one to a teacher and one to an engineer, recognizing outstanding achievement and service in engineering and science guidance activities in the State of Oklahoma, are presented at the Tulsa E-Week Student Breakfast during the National Engineers Week in February.
Bird is the third Owasso educator to earn the award and the second to do so in the last six years as 7th Grade Center STEM teacher Jennifer Farley was also honored in 2017.
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