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Lanier High School Teacher Wins National Science Award

Kristen Barnes-Clay
Kristen Barnes-Clay

Lanier High School teacher Kristen Barnes-Clay was awarded the National Science Teachers' Association (NSTA) Awards 2017 Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award. NSTA recognized her at the Teacher Awards Gala held as part of its national conference in March.

Each year, NSTA receives hundreds of nominations for this national award. Yet, there were only 25 Maitland P. Simmons New Science Teacher awards given this year. Each winner received a one-year membership to NSTA along with a $1,000 cash award for recipients to attend the 2017 NSTA Conference.

The honor rewards the most distinguished science educators across the United States. Awardees serve as role models for their colleagues.

Kristen Barnes-Clay began her career as a biology teacher at Lanier in 2012. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in biology and a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. Her colleagues describe her as a caring, enthusiastic educator who is always willing to go the extra mile for her students. She is a daughter of Jonnie and Beverly Barnes, both retired JPS teachers. She is a graduate of the 2006 class of Murrah High School.