Students and co-workers of seventh grade Life Sciences teacher Maurice Cullen think he’s pretty super — and the Virginia Lottery agrees!
The Virginia Beach Middle School teacher received the lottery’s 2016 Super Teacher award Friday.
We’re happy to announce our seventh Super Teacher of 2016, Maurice Cullen of Virginia Beach Middle School! Congrats! pic.twitter.com/rdCcLJNq0h
— Virginia Lottery (@VirginiaLottery) May 20, 2016
The lottery received nearly 800 nominations for K-12 educators across the state and selected eight regional winners from that stellar pool.
Robert Kielbowicz volunteers with Mr. Cullen at the Butterfly Society of Virginia and is among those who nominated him. He told the lottery:
“Mr. Cullen is a Naturalist who chooses to teach. As a ‘critter expert,’ he identifies multitudes of wild creatures for local media. He makes science come alive by using these ongoing, diverse nature encounters in his classroom. By mentoring eighth grade Kemps Landing/Old Donation School teachers/students with their 2016 Capstone Butterfly Garden Project, Mr. Cullen addresses the decline of pollinators and what it means locally. He maintains personal insect collections and professional butterfly collections for the Butterfly Society of Virginia. He uses these community collaborations as real-life hands-on adventures for his students.”
Mr. Cullen and the other winners each received a $2,000 cash prize in addition to a $2,000 classroom credit from The Supply Room Companies.