East High School’s Heather Roach teaches chemistry, anatomy and robotics and is also the 2017 BP Teacher of Year.
Roach is one of 29 educators selected within the state of Alaska who won the BP Teacher of Excellence award. Each educator wins a $500 for themselves, and a matching grant for their school. As BP Teacher of the Year, Roach received an additional $1,500 to further her education.
Roach has been teaching at East for the past 22 years. She said she enjoys teaching high school kids because they understand humor, and she feels like she gets paid to be entertained by her kids. Roach is also able to connect with her students, and says she asks the how’s and why’s to get them engaged and talking. In addition, she keeps things moving with hands on learning, demonstrations and lab activities.
New this year, all Teacher of Excellence winners get a trip to the North Slope. Tara Stevens with BP says its because this year is the 40th anniversary since the discovery of oil on Prudhoe Bay.
For a list of the educators that have won this year’s Teacher of Excellence award visit BP’s website.