FISD Teacher Receives 2015 TRC Mentoring Excellence Award

Holloway*release provided by Texas Regional Collaboratives

James Holloway, physics teacher at Frenship High School, received the 2015 TRC Mentoring Excellence Award sponsored by The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation. The Award was presented during the Twenty-first Annual Meeting of the Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching (TRC) in Austin, Texas, June 16, 2015. The TRC Annual Meeting brings together teacher leaders, education and business leaders, policy makers, and legislators to share, network, communicate, and celebrate the achievements of the Collaboratives.

Mr. Holloway is a member of Region 17 Science Collaborative and has been working under the leadership of Project Director, Michelle Sedberry. The TRC is an award-winning statewide network of fifty-eight P-16 partnerships (Regional Collaboratives) that provide sustained and high intensity professional development to P-12 teachers of science and mathematics across the state. The TRC programs equip teachers with the knowledge and skills to engage students in meaningful science and mathematics learning experiences. Activities are designed to improve students’ scientific, mathematical and technological literacy, and inspire them to pursue science and engineering related careers.

According to his Project Director, “At workshops he will often pull middle school and elementary teachers aside and help them better understand the concepts they are struggling to comprehend. Many teaches use his as a resource for content knowledge as well as technology guidance when they experience issues in their classrooms.”

The TRC-Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation Partnership provided Mr. Holloway with a plaque and a monetary award. Dr. Mary Hobbs, TRC Coordinator for Science Initiatives, and Dr. Kamil A. Jbeily, TRC Executive Director, made the official presentation.

Photo: (L-R): Dr. Kamil Jbeily, TRC Executive Director; James Holloway, Award Winning Recipient; Michelle Sedberry, Project Director Region 17 Science Collaborative; Dr. James Barufaldi, Director, Center for STEM Education at UT Austin

Photo: Mr. Holloway was recognized by the FISD Board of trustees on Monday, July 20.