Shell USA Inc. and NSTA Announce 2022 Shell Urban Science Educator Development Award Winners

Shell USA Inc. and the National Science Teaching Association today announced the recipients of the annual Shell Urban Science Educator Development Award. The awardees (listed below) were formally recognized for their achievement during an award ceremony at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Houston.

Shell Urban Science Educator Development Awardees

  • Sheena Carbaugh, science teacher, Girls Leadership Academy, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Arlevia Davis, science teacher, Mansfield Legacy High School, Mansfield, Texas
  • Candace Edmerson, Duncanville High School Collegiate Academy/Duncanville ISD, Duncanville, Texas
  • Carla Marie Neely, Elementary Science Teacher, Warner Girls’ Leadership Academy, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Christal Scott, Elementary Science Teacher, Crystal Hill Elementary School, North Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Eunique M. Sharman, Science Teacher, Odyssey Academy Galveston, Galveston, Texas
  • Selene Verhofstad, Science Teacher, Dobie High School, Houston, Texas

“Diverse science teachers serving in challenging environments must receive professional development to engage all students in inquiry based and hands on activities,” said Frazier Wilson, Director, Shell Workforce Development & Diversity Outreach. “Our investment in their development will also create a pipeline for their participation in science leadership initiatives while strengthening recruitment and retention of technical and inventive talent from underrepresented groups that will help solve the complex problems of today’s world and its future.”

Created for K–12 classroom science teachers in urban settings, the Shell Urban Science Educator Development Award is designed to help strengthen quality science teaching and enhance teacher content knowledge.

“This year’s awardees provide inspiration to the science education community in their pursuit of enhanced science teaching that benefits their students and their schools,” said NSTA President Eric Pyle. “NSTA salutes their hard work, persistence, and enthusiasm.”

Each of the teachers received $1,800 and expenses to attend NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education in Houston, which took place March 31–April 2.

More information about the Shell Urban Science Educator Development Award and the NSTA Teacher Awards Program can be found online at

About Shell USA Inc.

Shell USA Inc. is an affiliate of the Royal Dutch Shell plc, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with operations in more than 70 countries. In the U.S., Shell USA Inc. operates in 50 states and employs more than 20,000 people working to help tackle the challenges of the new energy future.


About NSTA

The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) is a vibrant community of 40,000 science educators and professionals committed to best practices in teaching science and its impact on student learning. NSTA offers high-quality science resources and continuous learning so that science educators grow professionally and excel in their career. For new and experienced teachers alike, the NSTA community offers the opportunity to network with like-minded peers at the national level, connect with mentors and leading researchers, and learn from the best in the field.

Congratulations to the 2022 @Shell Urban Science Educator Development Award winners. Each winner received $1,800 & expenses to attend #NSTA’s national conference, which took place March 31–April 2 in Houston. #scied


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