Two local teachers have received the Siemens Science Teacher Award, which recognizes exceptional middle and high school, public and private school, science educators who go the extra mile to motivate and inspire their students.

Rochelle Lofstrand Hamby from North Springs Charter School of Arts and Sciences in Sandy Springs and Frankie Long from Sutton Middle School in Buckhead are one of 10 teachers who were presented a trophy during a special awards ceremony held at the Fernbank Museum on Oct. 3.

Sponsored by the Siemens Foundation and in partnership with the Fernbank Museum, the first green-inspired Science Teacher Awards highlight environmental stewardship, a message at the core of Fernbank’s programming. A number of teachers have participated in Fernbank’s UrbanWatch Atlanta Initiative, an environmental education program that trains students and teachers to conduct biodiversity inventories in their local greenspaces while providing an unparalleled opportunity to observe and engage with their surroundings. Other teachers were selected by their county science coordinators for their dedication, initiative and creativity.