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Roswell teacher recognized with STEMY award

Eddie Garcia
February 28, 2019 06:56 PM

ROSWELL, N.M.- A Roswell teacher has been recognized for transforming her students and community through science, technology, engineering and math.

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Ashley Stroud is an exploratory science teacher at Berrendo Middle School.

She was named STEM Middle School Teacher of the Year.

Stroud said when she received the notice that she had won the STEMY, she thought it was spam.

“I forwarded it to my principal and, I said, “Is this spam?” she said. “Within an hour, she replied back and was like, “No! Congratulations!”

Stroud said she doesn’t have a traditional textbook to teach from, instead, she researches, designs and executes the curriculum herself.

“I try to find projects that are fun and hands-on, that have something that relates back to what they're learning in their science or their math class,” Stroud said.

For one project, her students were required to build pinball machines from scratch to learn about the engineering process.

They also designed taco trucks to reinforce lessons they learned in math class.

The students love Stroud’s class.

“Mrs. Stroud is a wonderful teacher. She makes my day, every single day, exciting because of how fun she is and how much she makes us smile because of her smile and how energetic she is,” said 8th-grade student Ashliegh Rigtrup.

Stroud’s energy knows no bounds. Last year, she held a schoolwide STEM night right before she was about to give birth!

As if that's not enough, she often has to fundraise from the community to get the supplies for class projects.

"It's a matter of just sending out letters, sending out e-mails, making phone calls,” Stroud said.

It's that energy and sheer dedication that makes Ashley Stroud a champion of STEM in southeast New Mexico.

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