Southwest Academy teacher receives award at Women of Color STEM Conference

Valerie Hawkins
Valerie Hawkins (right) accepts her award

Valerie Hawkins, a resource teacher at Southwest Academy Magnet School of Science and Engineering, received Women of Color Magazine’s K-12 Promotion of Education award at the 18th Annual Women of Color Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Hawkins provides students with access to the Project Lead the Way/Gateway to Technology (PLTW/GTT) hands-on method to problem-based curriculum, and gives students a pre-engineering foundation.

The Women of Color STEM conference is a multicultural event for women in scientific and technical careers. This year’s conference featured several key speakers who addressed the underrepresentation of women in these disciplines. The conference also hosted training seminars that highlighted important topics such as leadership and professional skills, diversity and inclusion, technical leadership and innovation and career outlook.

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