2017 STEM Teacher Ambassador

Julie Olson
Science Teacher
Mitchell High School &
   Mitchell Second Chance High School
Mitchell, SD

Julie OlsonJulie Olson has been an educator nearly 30 years and is currently teaching at Mitchell High School and Mitchell Second Chance High School in Mitchell, South Dakota. At Mitchell High School, Olson teaches scientific research methods and college credit biology. She mentors students for the science fair, Science Olympiad, as well as for Visiting Senior Scientists, a program for high school students to present science lessons to elementary students. In 2013, Olson joined the staff at Second Chance, the district's alternative school, to develop a self-paced, individualized science curriculum for at-risk students to include the required sciences as well as a variety of electives. In addition to her work at the 9–12 level, Olson teaches microbiology and science methods for secondary teachers at Dakota Wesleyan University.

Olson is also extremely active professionally at the local, state, and national levels. She serves on the National Academies Teacher Advisory Council, was a member of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) national writing team (life sciences), the NGSS Evidence Statement writing team as well as a co-writer for the South Dakota Science Standards. Olson is also past-President of the South Dakota Science Teachers Association, where she is currently co-editor of the association's newsletter.

Among her many honors and awards, Olson is a past Mitchell High School Teacher of the Year, the National Association of Biology Teachers' Outstanding Biology Teacher for South Dakota, and is the recipient of the Top 50 Global Teacher Prize. She is also a 2007 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and most recently was presented with the Robert E. Yager Award for Excellence in Science Teaching.

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