Newport Elementary School Teacher attends National Science Educator Awards Program

Crosby, TX (March 23, 2024) – Newport Elementary School science teacher Ms. Cristina Eilers traveled to Denver after being named a Grand-Prize Winner in the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge. She attended the 2024 National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Awards program, which honors K-12 teachers for their outstanding work and achievement in science education.

In September, Ms. Eilers was one of twenty-four (24) teachers named regional winners in the annual Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge. Ms. Eilers received a school science lab makeover support package valued at $15,000, sponsored by Shell USA, Inc. and administered by the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA). The Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge Competition recognizes exceptional and innovative science educators, who do outstanding work utilizing limited school and laboratory resources for student science lab instruction.

Later, Ms. Eilers was named a Grand-Prize Winner at the Elementary School Level. She was among the awardees recognized during a special evening Teacher Awards event during the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Denver, Colorado, on March 22, 2024.


“I look forward to attending the NSTA Awards ceremony each year,” said NSTA President Julie A. Luft. “This is one of my favorite NSTA events. This year, we will recognize exceptional science teachers and an extraordinary student. As a faculty member who works with teachers, I find this group of awardees to be inspiring. All our awardees are dedicated learners, leaders, and innovators. Each day they work to ensure we have a diverse, talented, and knowledgeable citizenry and workforce that successfully navigates the 21st century. With these awardees, our science future is in good hands.”


Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge, sponsored by Shell USA, Inc., outfitted by Carolina Biological Supply Company

Grand-Prize Winner (Elementary School Level): Cristina Eilers, Newport Elementary School, Crosby, Texas

NSTA encourages science educators to apply for its 2025 NSTA Awards. For information, visit

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