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Valerie Valadez Named Top Science Teacher by Texas Medical Association
Posted on 05/18/2021
This is the image for the news article titled Valerie Valadez Named Top Science Teacher  by Texas Medical AssociationValerie Valadez, a fifth grade teacher from Clara Love Elementary, was named a distinguished award recipient of the 2021 Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching by the Texas Medical Association.

 Valerie Valadez, fifth grade teacher at Clara Love Elementary, was named a Top Science Teacher by the Texas Medical Association
 Fifth grade science teacher Valerie Valadez was named a distinguished award winner in the 2021 Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching by the Texas Medical Association.

Valadez is one of five teachers across the state — and the only elementary teacher — to earn the honor, which includes a $3,000 donation to Clara Love Elementary. She said she’s excited to use the donation to spread excitement for science to younger students.

“We want to do a lot of hands-on experiences for the little ones and really get their hands dirty,” she said. “It’s important to develop that love of discovery and investigation early, and these funds will help provide those experiences.”

 Valerie Valadez works with fifth grade students to prepare for the STAAR test.
As part of the award, Clara Love Elementary will receive a $3,000 grant from the Texas Medical Association.


Fifth grade classes at Clara Love Elementary were self-contained this year in an effort to lessen the spread of COVID-19, so Valadez and the other fifth-grade teachers got creative when developing lessons.

“I’ve only taught science for the last seven years,” she said. “We worked together as a team to give our kids the best experiences.”

That included putting together science kits for remote learners to ensure every student had the supplies they needed for each lesson and delivering them to students at home.

“One of the biggest things I’ve had to do is make sure that when I develop science lesson plans for fifth grade, I’m keeping our remote learners at the forefront,” Valadez said. “We wanted to make sure the kids at home got to experience the same thing as the kids in person.”

 Valadez works with a fifth grade student to complete their science assignment.
 Valadez was the only elementary teacher in Texas to receive this award.


Principal Lisa Crosslin said that Valadez’s commitment to education and to her students is a great asset for Clara Love Elementary.

“Valerie has made a profound impact on our students and our campus by sparking inquiry and a love of science,” she said. “I can think of no one more deserving of this recognition.”

Valadez hopes that her students leave her class with the confidence to take risks.

“I try to put my kids first and foremost in everything I do in my profession,” she said. “I want the kids to be able to see me taking risks and feel it’s ok to put yourself out there.”