Saint Ambrose School Has Received Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research for 2019!


BRUNSWICK, OH, August 20, 2018–

Saint Ambrose School continues to lead in education and 21st Century teaching.  The Ohio Academy of Science awarded 3 Saint Ambrose teachers and the school with this award for their achievements and success in STEM education.  We are honored to be in such great company with 16 other schools from the Diocese of Cleveland receiving the Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research.

Saint Ambrose School is honored to receive the Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research this past week by the Ohio Academy of Science!  We also congratulate and recognize our three faculty members awarded this honor:  Mrs. Laurie Hamzik, Mrs. Amy Morgan, and Mrs. Wendy Parente.

Principal Lisa Cinadr proclaimed, “This honor is another example of our commitment to providing everything for every student every day and we are grateful to the Ohio Academy of Science for their affirmation of our efforts. Our faculty and staff continually seek best practices for all of our 21st Century learners. We are privileged to partner with our school families in providing extraordinary and exciting faith formation and academics for each and every child!  I am so proud of our entire team and their exemplary care of each of their students and each other!

Congratulations to all of our faculty and staff, and especially to Mrs. Hamzik, Mrs. Morgan and Mrs. Parente for their creative, caring and dynamic teaching!”

Assistant Principal Chris Dziedzicki also commented, “Having multiple members of the Saint Ambrose School faculty be awarded the Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards for STEM Education and Student Research is yet another major affirmation of our work in STEM education. Mrs. Morgan, Mrs. Parente and Mrs. Hamzik consistently teach beyond the boundaries of the classroom and are highly skilled in providing opportunities for experiential learning.”

54 OHIO SCHOOLS AND 556 TEACHERS RECEIVE GOVERNOR’S THOMAS EDISON AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN STEM EDUCATION Advance for release August 13, 2019 Dublin, OH (August 13, 2019) . . . The Ohio Academy of Science today selected 54 Ohio schools and 556 teachers to receive The Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research for their accomplishments during the 2018-2019 school year.

Each school will receive a special Governor’s Award certificate, and each teacher will receive a complementary membership to The Ohio Academy of Science. The Technology Division of the Ohio Development Services Agency funded the program.

The criteria for the Thomas Edison Award for Excellence are:
(1) to conduct a local science fair with twelve or more students,
(2) qualify two or more of these students for one of the Academy’s 17 district science days,
(3) have students participate in at least one or more youth science opportunities beyond the classroom such as State Science Day, Buckeye Science & Engineering Fair, Science Olympiad, B-Wiser, visits to museums, mentorship programs, and extended field trips and other structured STEM-related youth activities,
(4) convince external STEM professionals how and to what extent the school’s program met the Academy’s definition of STEM education.


The Ohio Academy of Science defines STEM education as both the mastery and integration of science technology, engineering, and mathematics for all PK-12 students. It incorporates scientific inquiry and technological design through student-focused, project-based curricula to develop skills of communication, teamwork/collaboration, creativity/innovation, critical thinking and problem solving.


First established in 1985, the Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards recognizes Ohio schools and teachers who stimulate scientific student research and technological design and extend opportunities beyond traditional classroom activities. “These schools and teachers know that only teaching STEM from a textbook is not an option.”, said Michael E. Woytek, the Academy’s Executive Director. Woytek went on to say, “each of the awardees provides opportunities and experiences for hands-on learning and they clearly value inquiry-based, scientific research. Many of their students excel at District Science and State Science Day.”

Ohio Schools and Teachers Receive Governor’s Thomas Edison STEM Education Awards p.2 — August 13, 2019 The Ohio Academy of Science initiated this educational partnership program in cooperation with The Office of The Governor and The Technology Division of The Ohio Development Services Agency to recognize schools and teachers for excellence in STEM education and scientific student research. About The Ohio Academy of Science Founded in 1891, The Ohio Academy of Science (OAS) is a membership-based, volunteer driven, not-for-profit organization. The Academy is the leading organization in Ohio to foster curiosity, discovery, innovation, and problem-solving skills in Ohio. OAS members are as diverse as the science taking place in Ohio, and our programs support science from pre-college and college students through scientific professionals.


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