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NSTA Announce 2024 Shell Urban Science Educator Development Award Winners

MCLEAN, Va.—May 14, 2024—The National Science Teaching Association today announced the recipients of the annual Shell Urban Science Educator Development Award. The awardees (listed below) were formally recognized for their achievement during an award ceremony at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Denver.

Shell Urban Science Educator Development Awardees

  • Yasmine Asadi, Science/CTE/Entrepreneurship Teacher, Lochburn Middle School, Lakewood, Washington
  • Roy Basa, CTE/Science Teacher, Twin Buttes Cyber Academy, Zuni, New Mexico
  • Sarah Daniel, Science Teacher, Gaithersburg High School, Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Arlinda Davis, Science Teacher, Maranathan Academy, Birmingham, Alabama 
  • Angel Jackson, Science/STEM Teacher, Gilliard Elementary School, Mobile, Alabama
  • Cynthia Lopez, Science Teacher, Desert View High School, Tucson, Arizona
  • Faryal Shaukat, Science Teacher, J. Frank Dobie High School, Houston, Texas

Created for K–12 classroom science teachers in urban settings, the Shell Urban Science Educator Development Award is designed to help strengthen quality science teaching and enhance teacher content knowledge. 

“Meeting these awardees was a highlight of mine at the Denver conference,” said NSTA President Julie Luft. “They spoke of their passion for student learning and dedication to cultivating the next generation of STEM professionals. The stories they shared about students and their innovative work in the classroom highlighted their expertise and brilliance as teachers. They exemplify the Shell Urban Science Educator Development Awards.”

Each of the teachers received $1,800 for expenses to attend NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education in Denver, which took place March 20–23.

More information about the Shell Urban Science Educator Development Award and the NSTA Teacher Awards Program can be found online at

About NSTA
The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) is a vibrant community of 35,000 science educators and professionals committed to best practices in teaching science and its impact on student learning. NSTA offers high-quality science resources and continuous learning so that science educators grow professionally and excel in their career. For new and experienced teachers alike, the NSTA community offers the opportunity to network with like-minded peers at the national level, connect with mentors and leading researchers, and learn from the best in the field. For more information, visit, or follow NSTA on X, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

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Kate Falk, NSTA
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