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IPS Educator One of Best in the Nation for Teaching Excellence

Mouhamed Mboup, a biology teacher at Arsenal Technical High School is among 10 educators from across the nation to receive the 2024 Betty Van Andel (VAL) Teachers of Excellence award.

The award honors outstanding educators who have worked alongside VAL to foster classrooms where curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking thrive.

Van Andel Institute is a biomedical research and education organization in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The organization collaborates with educators around the world to advance ideas in these fields.

“I am deeply honored to accept the Betty Van Andel Teacher of Excellence Award,” Mboup said. “This recognition constitutes an important milestone in my educational journey and demonstrates the passion and dedication I have devoted to my work as a teacher.”

The mission of the Van Andel Institute for Education is to build classrooms where curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking thrive. Each year, the organization honors outstanding teachers who have connected with it through work and who exemplify this mission in their classrooms.

“Mr. Mboup is always trying new things in his classroom,” said Mary Catherine Dillon, the K-12 senior science coordinator for Indianapolis Public Schools. “He tries his best to get students excited about learning science and seeks to improve and reflect upon his practice daily.”

As an AP Biology and Biology 1 teacher, Mboup embodies the school’s mission of preparing students to become lifelong learners and well-rounded citizens in a global society. With a wealth of experience in research methodology and a dedication to innovative teaching practices, Mboup provides invaluable support to fellow educators, fostering an environment of dynamic learning and problem-solving in biology and general science, Dillon noted.

Mboup started his IPS career in 2006 as a special education assistant and joined the Arsenal Tech staff in 2018.