Monica Valenta named Project Lead the Way’s Biomed Teacher of the Year
Monica Valenta named Project Lead the Way’s Biomed Teacher of the Year
Posted on 02/13/2018
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Monica Valenta
Monica Valenta

Monica Valenta, facilitator of Northwest ISD’s Academy of Biomedical Sciences housed at Byron Nelson High School, was named Biomedical Science Teacher of the Year by Project Lead the Way, a Texas-based technical education initiative.

Mrs. Valenta won the honor for her ability to inspire, engage and empower students by creating transformative learning experiences in her classroom. She was among just five teachers to receive awards in their fields – other winners included computer science, engineering, gateway and launch teachers of the year.

Through letters of support from multiple students and CyLynn Braswell, Northwest ISD’s executive director for college and career readiness and innovation, Mrs. Valenta was described as an example for teachers.

“Monica is exactly what you would hope a teacher would be: an expert at her craft, team player, keeper of elevated expectations, classroom motivator and determined innovator,” Mrs. Braswell wrote. “The best part of Monica in the classroom is the love she has for education and the value she holds for the programs.”

Mrs. Valenta was presented with an award for her accomplishment at the Project Lead the Way Conference, held in Dallas on Feb. 12 and 13.

Through the Project Lead the Way initiative, Mrs. Valenta has guided her students into the possibility of medical-based careers. Project Lead the Way includes a series of four courses in the biomedical field, with each course designed to complement the subject’s core curriculum. Courses in the initiative focus on teamwork, communication practices, organization, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

For more information on Project Lead the Way, click here.