National Consortium Honors Satellite High Teacher
By Space Coast Daily // February 11, 2013
Only 14 Chosen Nationwide For Recognition
BREVARD COUNTY • SATELLITE BEACH, FLORIDA – Olga Peraza, a Spanish teacher from Satellite High School, has been honored with selection as a 2013 Master teacher Mentor and Consultant by SECME, Inc.
Peraza was one of just 14 outstanding educators from across the nation to be chosen for this recognition.
For more than 30 years a major focus of SECME, Inc. (a national nonprofit formerly the Southeastern Consortium of Minorities in Engineering) has been teacher professional development focused on K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
SECME’s capstone event for the professional renewal and revitalization is the Annual Summer Institute, hosted each year by one of its 42 member engineering universities.
This year the 37th annual SECME Summer Institute will be hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach from June 16 to 23.
This intense eight-day residential STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) professional development opportunity, presented by member university faculty, partner industry and government experts, and SECME Master Teachers, provides educators with curriculum activities aligned to National Standards, cutting-edge content knowledge, and a framework for implementing a SECME program.
Peraza heads the World Language department at Satellite High and first became involved with the SECME program in 1993.
She is a National Board Certified Teacher in World Languages and has taught Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese at all levels from elementary school to college.
Obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in world languages and education and a Master’s degree in ESOL education from the University of Miami, Peraza also earned a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in curriculum development and youth studies.