The Indiana Department of Education has announced Tamara Markey as the 2019 Teacher of the Year. Markey teaches pre-engineering at the McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology in Indianapolis and will represent Indiana in the National Teacher of the Year competition.
Before becoming a teacher, Markey was an engineer with Amoco Oil and BP Pipelines. She began her teaching career at Fall Creek Valley Middle School in the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township.
"As subjects such as science, technology, engineering, and math are key to students graduating prepared for the 21st Century workforce, I am honored today to recognize a STEM educator as Indiana 2019 Teacher of the Year," Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick said in a news release. "Tamara’s story of bringing real-world engineering experience to the classroom only helps to better position the students that walk through her door. I am pleased to present this award to Tamara and I know she will continue to represent her profession, and our fellow teachers, well."
Markey is also a member of the districts, STEM Coalition Task Force, a faculty advisor for the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering Mentoring Program, and a member of the Graduation Pathways committee.