Science teacher Laura Thompson-Beato brings learning to life and connects her lessons to the real world at King-Murphy Elementary School in Evergreen. She engages students in a murder mystery unit that integrates science, language arts and critical thinking, and a mock trial in which students act as judges and attorneys. Each year, Ms. Thompson-Beato has her students conduct dissections of actual organs under the supervision of medical professionals and parents from the community. She co-created a summer program called "Mindscapes" to promote girls' interest in science and math careers through guest speakers. Ever since she began coordinating the school science fair, the quantity and quality of participation by both students and parents have soared.
1989 Miami University, B.A.
University of Colorado, M.A.
University of Denver, Gifted Certificate
Colorado's Gifted Teacher of the Year, 2010