This prestigious recognition represents the contribution and legacy of every student that has touched my heart. This award makes me reflect on how students have driven me to investigate new challenges and think innovatively outside of the box in order to make them not only love science, but to also believe in themselves as students. The award is a recognition of those teaching strategies that are not written in any methodology book, but are the hope for students with diverse learning styles.

Myriam Medina San Juan, PR | 7-12, Science, 2017

The official biography below was current at the time of the award.

Myriam Medina has been an educator for more than 27 years and has spent the last 20 years teaching at Robinson School. She currently teaches seventh-grade Integrated Science, Earth Science, Life Science; eighth-grade Physical Science; and 10th-grade Biology and Chemistry. Previously, she taught at the Academia Nuestra Senora de la Providencia. She also teaches at universities within the Ana. G. Mendez System. Encouraging her students to foster a love for science and helping them realize that in diversity we find the solutions for problems are key aspects of Myriam’s teaching philosophy. Her favorite quote is: “If students cannot learn the way you teach, then teach the way your students learn.” As the Head of the Science Department, Myriam collaborates with teachers to bring the department motto, “We DO Science,” to life. She initiated the Collaborative Science Forum at her school, bringing science teachers from private and public schools together to share their instructional strategies, best practices, labs, and activities twice per semester. Myriam earned a B.A. in biology education from the University of Puerto Rico, a M.Ed. in curriculum design from Phoenix University, and an Ed.D. in instruction from the Metropolitan University. She is certified in secondary science education, distance learning, and specializes in developing instructional modules.