MJ Tykoski, an eighth-grade teacher at Cooper Junior High School in Wylie and a TCTA member since 2005, was named the 2017 recipient of the Edward C. Roy Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching. Tykoski earned her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and was a finalist for last year’s award.

“Ms. Tykoski has proven — through her teaching and her professional engagement outside the classroom — to be a champion for science educators and a strong defender of Earth science curriculum,” said Allyson Anderson Book, executive director of the American Geosciences Institute. “We are delighted to present her and her school with this award.”

Tykoski received the award in April at the National Earth Science Teachers Association Friends of Earth Science reception during the National Science Teachers Association 2017 National Conference in Los Angeles.