Educational Studies Alumna Shavonne Bragg ’19 Receives National Award In Science Education

Rhodes alumna Shavonne Bragg ’19 is the recipient of the 2021 Shell Urban Science Educator Development Award, presented by The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) and sponsored by Shell. A science teacher at Double Tree Elementary School in Memphis, Bragg is among top science educators from around the country to receive the award.

This year, honorees have been formally recognized during virtual ceremonies. The award also provides active participation at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education and committees that transition into leadership roles

“This award is for educators in urban schools, allowing them access to more resources to push and inspire students to pursue STEM,” says Bragg. “Receiving this award is very motivating and inspiring for me because of the connections it will bring and the resources I will be able to use and share with others in my field.”
Bragg holds a bachelor’s degree in educational studies from Rhodes. Her activities while a student included being a Summer Success kindergarten readiness program fellow; CityLynx employment program coordinator; and Bonner Center for Service scholar. She also worked as an intern for the Shelby County Government’s Office.

Bragg makes sure her students at Double Tree Elementary School dive into science activities. “We have learned about weather, plant/animal habitats, and natural resources this year. We also will Skype with a scientist so that students can hear from a professional and ask questions about the topic we have been studying,” she says.  “This is my first year as a kindergarten teacher. Through all the challenges this year, I am grateful for my school community and my students that have made this all possible.”