ITHACA, N.Y. – Carrie Brindisi, a science teacher at Ithaca High School since 2011, was recognized for her creative approach to science education and her dedication to students at the Ithaca City School District’s convocation on Tuesday.

Brindisi received the Raymond C. Loehr Innovative Science Teaching Award, which is presented annually to a teacher who uses innovative methods to inspire interest in the sciences.

Lily Talcott, ICSD’s deputy superintendent, said in a news release that the award honors teachers who “consistently embody the principles of culturally responsive practices, work toward full inclusion, and embrace innovation within the science and transdisciplinary classroom.”

Carlan Gray, IHS Science Department Chair, and Jason Trumble, Principal of Ithaca High School, nominated Brindisi for the award.

In a statement, they said, “She has shown incredible dedication to innovative programing, students as individuals and creative and dynamic teaching. Carrie has been able to show great love and devotion to her craft, her subject area, her students and her school, while holding herself, her colleagues and her students to high standards.”

Carrie Brindisi, Carlan Gray and Steven Manley at the 2018 ICSD Convocation (A Renko/ICSD Communications)

Brindisi is known for giving students hands-on experience doing research and working with students one-on-one to help them succeed.

She created a course called Natural Disasters that highlights the relevance of science by looking at the social, political and economic costs of disasters and global climate change.

“She constantly asks herself, ‘How can we make it so students see the relevance in what they are learning?’” Gray and Trumble said.

Since joining IHS, Brindisi has helped bring the school’s pass rate on the New York State science assessment exam from 65 percent to 90 percent.

The Ithaca Public Education Initiative manages the Raymond C. Loehr Innovative Science Teaching Fund, established by the Loehr family to honor the life and teaching career of their father on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Steven Manley, Executive Director of IPEI, presented Brindisi with the 2018 Loehr Award alongside Gray and Dr. Luvelle Brown.

Featured photos provided by A Renko/ICSD Communications.

Devon Magliozzi

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