Sheridan Elementary School teacher Betsy Constantine is the winner of the Mona Bailey Teacher Leadership Award from Washington Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement.
She is the first elementary school teacher to receive it.
Washington MESA sponsors the award to recognize teacher leadership in mathematics, engineering or science. Applicants are evaluated on their dedication to students underrepresented in those fields, including African American, Native American, Latino and female students.
At Sheridan, Constantine uses MESA project-based enrichment to engage and motivate third- through fifth-grade students, according to an article by the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity at the University of Washington.
Constantine’s elementary robotics team took second place over middle school and high school teams in a MESA competition. She also runs a school MESA club and its science fair.