6. Award-winning Science Teachers.
When Maggie Mabery was named a California Teacher of the Year this past fall, she graciously thanked her MBMS colleagues for their collaboration, support and guidance. While our local secret is out on Mabery, she’s just one of many amazing science teachers at MBMS (and the district, for that matter). For instance, just down the hall, students in Mr. James Locke’s seventh grade have already dissected six organisms, from squids to earthworms to perch, this year. There’s more fun dissections still to come, shares Locke – who heads to the local meat market for sheep hearts and cow femurs for his students. Locke also teaches one of the school’s STEM elective courses. “With this age group, their interests and passions are very much emerging; science is still magic, whether it is sprouting lima beans in cups or building cars propelled by mouse traps or Rube Goldberg machines.” Mr. Locke and his colleagues are currently adapting more STEM-concepts throughout the science curriculum under the new NGSS (New Generation Science Standards) – including enhanced project-based learning and problem solving modules.