UNH alumna Taylor Langkau Planz ’12 ’13G was one of only 25 science teachers nationwide to receive the Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) at their annual conference in Nashville, Tenn. last month. NSTA is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning. Their annual awards program honors K–12 teachers, principals, professors and other science education professionals for their outstanding work and achievement in science education.
Planz, who graduated from UNH with a B.A. in earth science in 2012 and an M.A.T. in secondary education in 2013, is now a science teacher at Bennett Middle School in Bennett, Colo.
“My goal in science education is to spark students’ curiosity,” says Planz. “I know that if they are interested in something that they will naturally be more engaged. I try to relate everything we learn back to real life and my students’ backgrounds.”