YouScience® Innovative Educator Award

Honoring the innovation and impact of educators

The YouScience® Innovative Educator Award recognizes the exceptional contributions of educators in guiding and inspiring students to explore their aptitudes and make informed decisions about their futures.

YouScience Innovative Educator Award Winners

Margaret Rice

CTE Director, Washougal School District, Washougal High School, Washington

Kathy Peres

Business Instructor, Blue Valley High School, Kansas

Steven Mazzola

Principal, Saunders Trades and Technical High School, Yonkers, New York

Darlene Goff

School Counselor, Chester County Schools, Henderson, Tennessee

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About the award

YouScience is committed to honoring and celebrating the incredible work educators do for students and our communities. This award is one way we make good on that promise. The Innovative Educator Award celebrates educators committed to fostering a positive, forward-thinking educational environment that prioritizes student success and future readiness using YouScience products.


“Mr. Mazzola is the personification of a true educational warrior! Under his nearly 20-year tenure as Principal of Saunders Trades and Technical High School, Mr. Mazzola challenged all staff and students to maximize their full potential. Leading by example, he never stopped loving the classroom or lost his passion for teaching, and he maintained his role as teacher in his capacity as Principal. He expanded the 112 years of traditions and maintained the legacy of what being a part of the Saunders family is about. At the helm, Mr. Mazzola fostered relationships with parents, staff, and students—making Saunders a second home where every member is loved, appreciated, and respected.”

— Christina Nola, Assistant Principal of Saunders Trades and Technical High School

“School Counselor Darlene Goff’s unwavering dedication and innovative approach have revolutionized the educational experience at Chester County Junior High School. By empowering students to discover their unique pathways and providing personalized guidance, she has transformed their futures. Through her tireless efforts, Darlene has not only made a difference in the lives of countless students but has paved the way for a more meaningful and impactful educational journey. Her commitment to student success is truly inspiring.”

— Dr. Belinda Anderson, Principal, Chester County Junior High School

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