Inglemoor HIgh School science teacher Sue Black (center) helps Annie Sikorra (left) and Trevor Stevens identify lab specimens.
Photo by Andrew Walmagott/Woodinville Weekly.
by Deborah Stone
Sue Black, Inglemoor High School biology teacher, has been named Region X Secondary Science Teacher of the Year for 1996 by the Washington Science Teachers' Association.
A regional Science Teacher of the Year is selected from each of 10 geographic regions of the state at the elementary, junior high/middle school, high school, and college/university levels.
This is Black's fourth year at Inglemoor, but she has been teaching science since 1984. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in zoology from the University of Washington and the University of California at Davis.
While in college, Black said, she recognized that she had the ability to explain concepts to others. "As a teaching assistant, I realized that helping others discover the magic of science was my calling," Black said.
Working with youth reminds her of how much she enjoys science, she noted. "The kids make amazing observations that are fresh and unspoiled. They are not afraid to show creativity," she said.
Words of praise for Black's teaching ability are echoed froms student and adults alike. "Her energy and love for biology is infectious," said Kumar Narayanan, a '96 graduate.
Northshore's science/math coordinator, Aaron Feik, calls Black a "leader of leaders, a real catalyst who knows how to involve students, parents, and colleagues in the learning process."
Rob Bastasch, assistant principal at Inglemoor, described her as a teacher who "totally understands the needs of kids and is a real fireball in her field."
Black said she feels honored by the distinction, but is quick to point out that it is a result of a team effort. "This award needs to be shared with my department colleagues at Inglemoor. They are also very deserving of this recognition," she said.
Black will be presented with her award at the Washington State Teachers' Association Annual Conference in Port Angeles on Nov. 1.