Math for America (MƒA) has announced that Sarah Slack, a Brooklyn middle school science teacher, has been awarded the 2022 MƒA Muller Award for Professional Influence in Education.
In addition, Slack has also been awarded a $20,000 prize for winning the educational award.
MƒA says that Slack was chosen for the award for the exceptional ways that she has influenced the teaching profession.
The organization added that Slack was selected because she constantly strives to learn new knowledge and new approaches to learning, as well as being a model of true leadership.
Career and Accomplishments
Slack currently teaches science at I.S. 223 Montauk in Brooklyn. She has been teaching STEM and science in Brooklyn for the past 13 years.
MƒA says that Slack has supported her growth in both her practice and her own science content knowledge by joining various groups. These groups include the Resilient Schools Consortium, the Citizen Science Teacher Experimentation Program, and more.
The middle school teacher is the co-chair of the NYCDOE's Climate Education Leadership Team. In this role, she works to engage students and teachers about how communities can build resilience amidst climate change. She is also the founding member of the NYC Climate and Resilience Education Task Force.
Slack was also the only middle school teacher to be a part of a NASA research team, which examined climate change impacts on urban environments. In addition, Slack also conducted research in Antarctica for three months to better connect her students with polar science.
Slack says that she is very grateful to receive the honor, especially because it puts a spotlight on how crucial teachers can be for inspiring future generations.
“I’m immensely gratified to be receiving the MƒA Muller Award, not only for honor, but also because it is an acknowledgement of the essential role teachers play in empowering future leaders to steer our communities away from a climate catastrophe,” said Slack.
“I am constantly inspired by the curiosity, sense of personal agency, and critical thinking skills I see building in my students, and even more encouraged knowing there is a growing cohort of teachers who are dedicated to improving science education and climate education in particular.”
Slack will be recognized for the award, as well as receiving her $20,000 prize, during an award ceremony on Oct. 18, 2022. $5,000 will also be awarded to Slack's school.
The award ceremony will take place at Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium, located at 160 Fifth Avenue in NYC. The reception begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by the ceremony at 5:30 p.m.