Science middle school teacher Dianne Alexis was recently named St. Mary Outstanding Teacher of the Year for 2018-2019.
Each year, every school in the Diocese of Orlando names an outstanding teacher of the year. Those winners are honored before the school year begins at a special kick-off event, which this year was held at Holy Family Catholic School in Orlando on Aug. 6.
“Mrs. Alexis was chosen for her dedication to our science students and her passion for science research,” said Principal Sandra Basinger.
Alexis joined St. Mary in 2015 and immediately began helping students conduct science research. She has helped several middle schoolers prepare for the county science fair. Several of her students have placed at the county level and gone on to compete at the state level. Alexis also brought the hydroponic garden at the school to life and leads St. Mary’s Science Night held each year in December.
Alexis has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania and a secondary teaching certificate and master’s degree in educational administration from California State University at Sacramento. She has passing on her love of science to children for more than 13 years.