Students of the Los Altos High School environmental studies class will have access to more advanced equipment when they return to school next month thanks to a $500 grant to the class' teacher, Greg Stoehr.
Stoehr, who has been with the district for 21 years, was named "teacher of the month" for July by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. The local organization provides more resources for Santa Clara County classrooms and teachers. Stoehr's award was announced on KBAY 94.5, and he received $500 to buy supplies for his classroom.
Stoehr teaches biology and advanced placement environmental studies. He used the grant money to buy "probe-ware," used to "measure the dissolved oxygen levels in different water solutions," Stoehr explained in an e-mail.
"The ability to use these specialized instruments for measurement will help students further their experiential understanding of how scientists in the field conduct their work," he wrote.
Each month, the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and KBAY honor local teachers who are using innovative, unique curriculums in their classrooms.