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Nazareth Chemistry and Biology Professor Sheila Brady Root was recently recognized by the Rochester Area Colleges Center for Excellence in Math and Science (RAC-CEMS) at the fourth annual Rochester Educators Collaboration. Root was recognized for her commitment and leadership to teaching and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.
Root has worked regionally, state-wide, and most recently internationally, at all levels of science education. She serves as the chair of the west central region of the Science Teachers Association of NY State. Currently, she is serving on the steering committee for Delta Kappa Gamma, the international women educator’s society and its 2012 International Convention. This convention will be held in New York State and will have attendees from the United States and 12 other countries.
The Center for Excellence in Math and Science was created in February 2007, and housed on the Nazareth College campus. The mission of the center is to balance the resources of the 19 Rochester area colleges to increase the quality and quantity of K-12 teachers of math, science, and technology.
“When we opened the Center, the first faculty member to walk through my door was Sheila,” said Charles Brown, executive director of RAC CEMS. “And guess what she said to me that day and has said to me in every conversation we have had since? ‘How can I help?’ “ Root has collaborated with Brown in design, as well as developing and launching the Center’s website, raccems.org. This website was designed to be the first resort for information about STEM education in our region.