Ohio Dominican University Alumna Receives Second Governor’s Award in Four Years



Columbus, OH (43219) – Ohio Dominican University (ODU) congratulates alumna Anita Yaple on receiving the Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education for the second time in four years. Yaple also received the award for the 2009-2010 school year. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

Yaple, a graduate of ODU’s Master of Education program, teaches seventh and eighth grade at St. Mary School in Lancaster. 

She is one of 356 teachers selected by The Ohio Academy of Science to receive the award for their accomplishments during the 2011-2012 school year. 

"Receiving a Governor's Thomas Edison Award for Excellence sends a clear signal that these schools and teachers value student-originated, inquiry-based science and technology education as envisioned for the Next-Generation Science Education Standards being developed nationally,” said Dr. Lynn E. Elfner, the academy’s chief executive officer. 

To be considered for the award, schools must conduct a local science fair with at least 20 students.  One of those students must qualify for one of the academy’s 15 district science days. Students must also participate in one more youth science opportunity outside of the classroom. Additionally, a school must also demonstrate how it has met The Ohio Academy of Science’s definition of STEM education. 

The Ohio Academy of Science started this educational partnership program in cooperation with the Office of The Governor and the Technology Division of the Ohio Department of Development. The program recognizes schools and teachers who stimulate students’ scientific and technological research and extend STEM education opportunities beyond traditional classroom activities. The Technology Division of the Ohio Department of Development has supported this program since 1985 with grants to The Ohio Academy of Science. 

Ohio Dominican University is a four-year private comprehensive liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 42 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.