Montana Tech's Rayelynn Connole will receive the Award of Excellence from Montana State University - Billings' College of Education at its spring Convocation on May 5, 2017. The award is presented to deserving individuals recognized across Montana who make significant and lasting impacts on Montana K-12 teachers and students.
Connole works for the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program (CFWEP) housed within Montana Tech's Institute for Educational Opportunities. She has worked for CFWEP for ten years serving currently as the Program Director and prior as the curriculum coordinator.
"Montana Tech is very grateful for Rayelynn and the work she leads at the Institute and we are delighted to see MSU-B acknowledge her with this prestigious and much deserved award," explained Amy Verlanic, Executive Director of the Institute for Educational Opportunities.
CFWEP has been a leading provider of environmental and restoration education programs and services in western Montana since 2005. CFWEP offers multi-disciplinary science and history programs for schools, teachers, and students in and around the Upper Clark Fork Basin. CFWEP also offers public education and outreach services such as tours, events, and publications that connect the public with the science and history of the amazing landscape of western Montana. CFWEP currently serves approximately 4,000 students each year and has served in total 40,000 Montana students.
Rayelynn has led multiple Math Science Partnership (MSP) projects granted by the Office of Public Instruction, including her current project, the Montana Partnership with Regions for Excellence in STEM (MPRES) in partnership with MSU-Billings. She has collaborated with Montana Tech's Dr. Marisa Pedulla to deliver the National Institute of Health (NIH) project titled Bringing Research into the Classroom, which serves teachers and students throughout the state of Montana.