At the annual meeting of the Texas Regional Collaborative held this summer in Austin, Texas, Region One ESC educator, Orlando Montalvo, from B.L. Gray Middle School at Sharyland ISD, was presented with The El Paso Corporate Foundation Distinguished Teacher Award.

Through the Texas Regional Science Collaborative, Region One ESC has been providing science teachers with support systems of scientifically researched-based professional development and mentoring to assist with the implementation of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. The collaborative, Engaging Teachers in Science Success, is part of a statewide network of K-16 partnerships that provide sustained and high intensity professional development to K-12 teachers of science across the state of Texas. Region One Texas Regional Collaborative coordinator, Elda Christian reports the local membership consists of a cohort of forty K-12 science teachers.

Explains Christian, the Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes collaborative members who have exemplified the engagement of all students with interesting, relevant, experiential and meaningful learning experiences in their classroom.

“Orlando was first considered for the nomination for the Distinguished Teacher Award not only because he is an exemplary model teacher in our Collaborative, but also because he is a self —starter who assumes responsibility and quickly is able to use his trainings to mentor his staff and assimilate the new knowledge into his own classroom,” says Christian. “Orlando has been a successful technology and science teacher for sixteen years. He has been a science teacher mentor for the Science Collaborative for the three years and has distinguished himself above the rest with his positive attitude, humor, and eagerness to become a leader in his school district.”