The 2005 GEM Individual Archive Award
Awarded To: Teri W. Conrad
"For her enthusiastic and continuing support of GEM Activities for over 15 years. Ms. Conrad became a GEM officer shortly after joining SME in 1999. During her tenure the committee was restructured to provide more continuity of leadership. Although they lost much of their funding, the members and officers worked diligently to raise enough money to continue the NSTA booths. She has coordinated the GEM booth for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) in many locations. Teri worked with Caterpillar to produce the CD “Adventures in Mineral Education” which was released in 2004"
Teri W. Conrad has worked in the mining industry since 1991, promoting minerals education. She is currently representing Caterpillar as a consultant. Ms. Conrad received a B.A. from the University of Nevada in Political Science and an M.A. from the University of Utah in History. She has taught at all levels, from kindergarten in Austin, Nevada to community college history courses.
Ms. Conrad coordinated the Education Outreach Program for BHP Billiton in Farmington, New Mexico for nine years. She taught hundreds of classes about geology, mining, and mineral resources to children throughout the state. She served on the board of the New Mexico Science Teachers Association. They honored her twice with awards for “Outstanding Contributions to Science Education.”
Working with the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Ms. Conrad helped to coordinate the annual teachers conference, “Rockin Around New Mexico.” She also worked with the Farmington Chamber of Commerce, the regional science fair board, and the CHARACTER COUNTS! Board. During the mid-1990s Ms. Conrad chaired the statewide Environmental Education Task Force. Her efforts led to the creation of the Nature Center facility on the Animas River in Farmington.
Ms. Conrad joined SME in 1999. She coordinated the GEM booth for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) in Albuquerque in 1998 and co-chaired the 2002 booth, after moving to Phoenix. Ms. Conrad became a GEM officer shortly after joining SME. During her tenure the committee was restructured to provide more continuity of leadership. Although they lost much of their funding, the members and officers worked diligently to raise enough money to continue the NSTA booths. Ms. Conrad regularly attends the NSTA conferences to help distribute mineral samples and talk about their importance.
Since 2004, the 5,000 science teachers who visit the booth receive a copy of the CD, “Adventures in Earth Science Education: Classroom Activities for K-12, Focusing on Mining Minerals and Coal.” Under the sponsorship of Caterpillar, Ms. Conrad compiled eighty minerals education activities on the CD. The activities are aligned to national science, geography, and economics standards, and indexed by grade level and subject. The CDs are freely distributed by Caterpillar at the NSTA booths and other teacher conferences.
In June, 2005 Teri Conrad served as the chairman of the annual National Minerals Education Conference, held in Tucson. The conference, sponsored by Caterpillar, was devoted to minerals education and sustainable development.
Ms. Conrad currently resides in Phoenix, with her husband, Byron, and two younger sons. In addition to working on sustainability and minerals education, she is active in civic and church affairs.
The GEM Award was established in 1978 to recognize outstanding contributions to the SME Government, Education and Mining (GEM) program within the defined scope of GEM activities. The award is made for activities at the Local Section level only. Election to this honor is by the GEM Committee with notification to the SME Executive Committee.