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Ferrucci Distinguished Educator Award

Celebrating GREAT teachers

Ferrucci Distinguished Educator Award


Megan McLean

2023 Ferrucci winner

Doctoral student Megan McLean has been given this year’s Ferrucci award, along with a grant for instructional improvement.

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Apply here to be considered for the next Ferrucci Distinguished Educator Award.

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Past Ferrucci winners

Even though we honor someone new every year, we don’t forget those who already did a great job.

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About the Ferrucci Distinguished Educator Award

The Dr. Vitt and Mary Ferrucci Distinguished Educator program was established to revitalize and update teachers’ math and science teaching methods and to help teachers adapt their methods to interest children in STEM fields. This program is administered and supported by WSU’s Department of Teaching and Learning; the recipient will work with one or more faculty members from the College of Education and project partnerships may also include researchers in the College of Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, and/or the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.

One outstanding science, mathematics, or technology teacher is selected each year. The application process is open to all K-12 educators in the state of Washington, including current WSU graduate students who intend to continue teaching in K-12 schools. Recipients are not required to be alumni of WSU.

The award must be used for the Distinguished Educator’s experience at WSU and any subsequent conferences, outreach, or meetings. This may include:

  • A stipend for summer salary,
  • Payment of tuition for a course of study at WSU,
  • Materials or supplies for the Distinguished Educator to take back to his/her classroom and/or school,
  • Travel to and from WSU,
  • Per diem expenses while in travel status,
  • Any combination of these or any other expenses designed to support the Distinguished Educator’s experience in updating his/her own knowledge or contributing to pre-service teachers’ knowledge related to innovative ways of teaching mathematics, science, or technology.