SCAPA Science Teacher among 2023 Achievement Award Winners
Julie Moore of SCAPA at Bluegrass is among Kentucky’s 2023 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award winners. She qualifies to compete for Kentucky Teacher of the Year this fall.
“In my classroom, I am a member of a community of learners,” said Moore, who is about to start her fifth year in elementary science at SCAPA. “Students know that active curiosity and desire to ‘figure things out’ about their world using scientific thinking is encouraged and valued. To me, transcending the classroom involves creating a culture of thinking and wondering in students so that they leave the classroom as life-long learners.”
Moore, a Lexington native, has served in Fayette County Public Schools for 16 years, including as STEM lab teacher at Wellington Elementary and classroom teacher at Picadome Elementary. She earned a bachelor’s in Mathematics from Roanoke College, a bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Midway College, and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kentucky.
“I have always been a huge proponent for arts integration,” Moore added. For instance, this past year, her students created a pointillism mural during a sensory processing unit and learned watercolor techniques during cellular respiration studies. “Learning both science and arts content gives students opportunities for deep understanding and new creative means of expression, and it brings me great joy as a teacher,” she said.
This year, the Kentucky Department of Education received 1,987 nominations for the Teacher Achievement Awards, and 312 teachers completed their applications. A panel chose eight recipients in each grade division. Those two dozen honorees will attend a Sept. 20 ceremony in Frankfort, where the state’s overall winner will be named from the Kentucky Elementary, Middle, and High School Teachers of the Year.