September 11, 2012 > Newark teacher honored by Wells Fargo
Newark teacher honored by Wells Fargo
Submitted By Mariana Phipps
Wells Fargo is honoring California's Teachers of the Year on its ATMs across the state. For the month of September, Wells Fargo's 3,292 ATMs in California will feature a screen congratulating five 2012 Teachers of the Year, including Tom Collett, a teacher at Newark Junior High School who teaches Physical Science to 8th graders.
California Department of Education invites county offices of education, school districts, charter schools, professional organizations, and private schools statewide to participate every year. The process results in the annual selection of five experienced teachers who reflect the diversity of our teachers and students.
Tom Collett currently teaches Physical Science to 8th graders at Newark Junior High School. He has been an educator for 19 years. He describes himself as an enthusiastic teacher that makes a strong connection with his students. He co-founded the Marine Science and Technology Institute, a student-run science center at Memorial High School where students learn to be teachers and educate the community about science. He also developed an Astronomy and Aerospace Science course, which led to de development of several Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) teams. TARC is the world's largest model rocketry competition, and Collett is currently coaching three teams at Newark Junior High School.