The Santa Clara County Office of Education recently named Darren Dressen, a chemistry teacher at Los Altos High School, one of the winners of the Texas Instruments Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards.
The annual awards honor public school teachers within the county who light a spark for middle- and high-school students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields. Up to five winners may be selected; this year, three teachers earned the honor.
District nominators wrote: “Darren is the dream science teacher for a public school. He has advanced training and professional experience in his scientific field, so he brings high-level content knowledge and real-world laboratory experience into his classroom. Students own their learning experience in this classroom because of their interest and motivation, but mostly because Darren has created, structured and facilitated this extraordinary STEM learning experience.”
Honorees receive a cash award and the opportunity to attend a professional development event at the county Office of Education, and are celebrated at a teacher recognition gala scheduled Sept. 14 at the Heritage Theatre in Campbell.