ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Holy Ghost Catholic School in Albuquerque was honored Friday as the first school in the state and first Catholic school in the country to earn a National Certificate for STEM Excellence from the National Institute for STEM Education in Houston.
A school must have at least five teachers earn the National Certificate for STEM Teaching in order to qualify for this ward. At Holy Ghost, 10 teachers earned this certification, school officials said.
Based on professional development curriculum originally created at Rice University, these particular campus and individual certifications recognize implementation of evidence-based STEM instructional strategies.
“Working with the National Institute for STEM Education has moved our school to the next level of excellence,” Dr. Noreen Duffy Copeland, Holy Ghost principal, said in a statement.
STEM refers to the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math.