Dove Science Academy teacher wins $10,000 award
In recognition of her commitment to education, Dallas Fields of Dove Science Academy has been named a recipient of the inaugural National University System Sanford Teacher Award. Fields is one of 51 teachers across the country – and the only educator in Oklahoma – to be recognized.
“Ms. Fields has been a staple at Dove Schools for more than a decade,” explained Outreach and Grants Coordinator Jennifer Gingerich. “Her passion for teaching the next generation is reflected in everything that she does, and the Sanford Teacher Award is an incredible way to thank her.”
The award commends Fields for creating a harmonious classroom that supports student development and achievement. Educators are nominated and ranked based on interpersonal criteria and key traits such as their enthusiasm for teaching and empathy towards students, in addition to fostering positive relationships, creating a constructive learning environment and recognizing student strengths. Fields met and exceeded those expectations.
In addition to teaching high school English, Fields created a humanities curriculum to integrate different school subjects while inspiring students’ imaginations. Fields involves math, science, arts and history through hands-on projects, such as designing Greek pottery, performing Shakespearean plays and building architectural models to scale, in order to help her students learn.
“They trust that I have their interests at heart,” said Fields. “If students see that I’m having fun teaching, then they enjoy learning.”
Fields’ creativity aligns well with Dove Schools’ commitment to project-based learning, a teaching method that helps students develop critical thinking skills while demonstrating knowledge and responding authentically. Free and open to the public, Dove Schools provide an advanced curriculum for grades K-12 at three Oklahoma City campuses.