Congratulations to our 2022 STEAM Teachers of the Year!

RAFT’s STEAM Teacher of the Year Awards recognize outstanding pre-K-12 teachers in the Bay Area who incorporate effective hands-on learning and/or maker education into their curriculum. Each awardee demonstrates excellence in teaching in at least one of the following areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, or Math. 

RAFT will celebrate our STEAM Teachers of the Year along with our other Hall of Fame inductees (Partner of the Year, RAFT Heroes, and Volunteers of the Year) at our Annual Fundraiser, CSI:RAFT, on September 22, 2022. You can learn more about the event here.

STEAM Teachers of the Year

Kim Brown

Raymond J. Fisher Middle School

STEAM Teacher

Kim is exceptional because she is always trying new things and looks for new resources to bring to her students. She is passionate about what she does and brings years of experience she’s gained from teaching a variety of subjects and being a natural tinkerer at heart. Students are building up lifelong STEAM skills in her class. – Amy Liang, Los Gatos Union School District, Director of Technology

Tom Carvey

San Lucas Union School

Middle School Teacher

Mr. Carvey definitely teaches for love of the job, for the opportunity to reach children from hard life circumstances and inspire them to reach for the stars. His co teachers have described him as having a heart of gold, and he is easily the most beloved teacher on campus. – Jessica Riley, San Lucas Union School District, Principal/Superintendent

Laurin LaRocca

Montague Elementary

5th Grade Teacher

Ms. LaRocca supplies her students with real world application of STEAM lessons and gives her students agency in her classroom. In addition to supporting her students, Ms. LaRocca is also a key resource for her fellow teachers. She has been a key contact for our teachers learning computer science and coding specifically.– Leanna Goldenberg, Montague Elementary, Principal

Bryan Williams

Don Callejon School

Design Lab Teacher

Bryan Williams is an incredible instructor and shares freely. Whenever I visit Bryan’s classroom, students are fully immersed in the Design Thinking process. In addition, he is really thoughtful in providing students with true Engineering opportunities and helping them learn and grow. – Stephanie Rothstein, Santa Clara Unified School District, EdTech TOSA

Margie Wysocki

Kathryn Hughes Elementary School

3rd Grade Teacher

Ms. Wysocki has taught fifth grade for many years and as she transitioned to third grade, she continued to understand the benefit of incorporating educational technology into her lessons with the third grade students. She successfully shifts her instructional practices to match and meet the needs of the third grade students. Ms. Wysocki consistently engages her students in coding and robotics year after year, no matter their age. – Joe Young, Kathryn Hughes Elementary School, Principal