VEX Robotics Teacher of the Year Award
Posted 01/15/2013 10:31AM
Elisa Heinricher VEX Robotics Teacher of the YearElisa Heinricher, Bancroft’s Director of Academic Technology and the faculty mentor for the Upper School’s VEX robotics teams, was named the 2012-2013 VEX Robotics Teacher of the Year. Keith Connors of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and the MA STEM Pipeline Fund presented Heinricher with the award at the New England Regional VEX Robotics Competition held at Quinsigamond Community College on January 12. 

The Teacher of the Year Award is presented to an individual who “shows true leadership and dedication to his or her group of students [and] continually exceeds expectations to ensure a safe, enjoyable and educational experience for all students.” Heinricher was nominated by the students on her team, who had to submit a written description of “how the teacher inspires, motivates and educates students in a positive, enthusiastic and challenging atmosphere.”

The two Bancroft US robotics teams were also competing at the regionals that day. Highlights included the A-Team’s very respectable 30th place finish (out of 83 teams) despite two no-shows by their allied teams from other schools, which prevented them scoring more than 50%. And the B-Team drew attention for their robot design and notebook, earning a spot on the short list for the Judges’ Award.

“I am very fortunate to work with such an amazing group of students.  Their positive attitudes and determination make my job easy. We have a lot of fun together,” says Heinricher, adding that “we have an amazing parent fan base, as well.”

Coach Heinricher has called in the teams’ mentors from WPI for support as the crew gear up for the VEX Robotics National Competition in Omaha, NE, March 6 to 10, 2013.