CAC alumna Julie Formo named Southern Arizona Region Science & Engineering Teacher of the Year

MAMMOTH, Ariz. – CAC graduate and Phi Theta Kappa alumna Julie Formo was named Teacher of the Year during the Southern Arizona Region Science and Engineering Fair (SARSEF) held March 11-16 in Tucson. 

The Teacher of the Year award is given to the instructor who has done the greatest cumulative work toward integrating curricula into their science class. The fact that two of Formo’s classes placed in the top three at the fair did not hurt her candidacy. 

“I was so excited when I found out,” Formo said. “There are around 200 schools that enter the fair from all over Arizona, so to have received the award is a great honor.” 

Formo, who also was an Arizona All-Academic scholarship winner while attending CAC, teaches at Mammoth Elementary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) School that now boasts the Teacher of the Year recipient for the second year in a row. 

“Julie has really stimulated a lot of interest in science at Mammoth,” Maren Wilson, one of Formo’s former professors and Phi Theta Kappa advisor at CAC, said. “She’s planting a lot of good seeds.” 

SARSEF is an affiliate of the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) that is managed by Science Service, Inc. It is normally held each year at the Tucson Convention Center in the second or third week of March. 

About 1300 projects are displayed, judged, and open for public view. Twenty-five to 30 percent of the projects will receive awards ranging from certificates of excellence and cash to trophies and scholarships.

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