Alumnus Paul Orbe (CC’94) was recently awarded the 2016 Urban Science Educator Development Award from the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) and Shell Oil Company. Orbe received his award at the Teacher Awards Gala during the NSTA’s national conference on science education in Nashville, TN. The Shell Urban Science Educator Development Award was created specifically for K–12 classroom science teachers in urban settings and is designed to help strengthen quality science teaching and enhance teacher content knowledge.
Orbe previously won the NSTA-Bayer Fellowship and, since 2013, has conducted cutting-edge biopharmaceutical research and has participated in the Research Experience for Teachers program at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Orbe teaches biology, chemistry and scientific research at the Academy for Enrichment and Advancement in Union City, NJ. Prior to becoming a teacher, he was an accomplished professional in health administration. Paul’s teaching philosophy centers around making students life-long learners.
NSTA, founded in 1944, is considered the largest organization of its kind committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. Its current membership of 55,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.