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Melissa Wilburn Recognized as the ASTA Middle School Science Teacher of the Year

Melissa Wilburn Melissa Wilburn, a 6th grade teacher at Quail Run Elementary School for 14 years, has been selected as the Middle School Science Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Science Teachers Association Mrs. Wilburn has more than 20 years teaching experience.

Winning teachers have demonstrated the scientific attitudes, skills, and knowledge to guide students in 21st Century learning and STEM education in Arizona.  Their classroom practices and leadership have singled them out as highly effective teachers of science.

Mrs. Wilburn brings in experts and real-world experiences to her students including representatives from Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation (ARSEF) and Tucson Electric Power. At the District level, Melissa is the Code to the Future Coordinator, serves on the science committee, is the science fair coordinator, and supports training on the new science standards. State-wide and beyond, she is a Teacher Leader who started a project to virtualize an “Orientation to Group Work” unit from Stanford University. The resulting virtual unit has been accessed by nearly 1,000 teachers, including one from Ammon, Jordan who reached out to say thank you. Mrs. Wilburn’s commitment to pursue excellence in the field of education is unparalleled and she will continue to make a difference in the world of STEM.

Mrs. Wilburn was honored by the Arizona Science Teachers Association on November 21, 2020 at the virtual annual ASTA Meeting. 

Congratulations, Mrs. Wilburn!