Karen Stacy, math and Talented and Gifted teacher at Sioux Central, was recognized by Captain Justin Faiferlick and retired air guardsman Chuck Carlson of Coffin Corner Air Wing of Iowa Guard, Fort Dodge, and named "Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year." The award was given to her for "demonstrating excellence in education in the spirit of Christa McCullffe and in recognition of sustained outstanding performance as an educator and unequalled dedication to ensuring that America's students are prepared for aerospace technology challenges of the future."
The award came as a surprise to Stacy though she is very pleased with the recognition.
As a NASA school, the students at Sioux Central have had the opportunity to discuss the topic on nearly a daily basis. In March, Stacy accompanied three high school students to Houston to take part in the experimentation Mars Settlement Design Competition.
During last school year she also packed up a group of students to visit the Coffin Center to view the air apparatus control center. A trip to Sioux City was also arranged to give students the opportunity to see the refueling for the air wing, located in Sioux City.
She enjoys sharing as much information as she can with the students. "Aerospace is just one of the many scientific careers students can go into. The more doors we can open up for the students, the better," the dedicated teacher said.
This is the 22nd year Stacy has been with the Sioux Rapids School District, beginning when the school was paired with Rembrandt.
When she began, she was part-time, working for the Albert City-Truesdale School District as well. For the past several years she has been full-time at Sioux Central, teaching math for grades 10-12 and serving as the TAG teacher for grades K-12.
She is pleased that three of the eight calculus students she has had through the years, have gone on to become math teachers, a reflection of her teaching. It excites her that those students have come to understand math and have the same love for math and teaching that she has.