DeLene Hoffner has been an elementary teacher for over 30 years and currently teaches 4th grade at School in the Woods, Academy District 20 in Colorado Springs. Holding a master’s degree in Science, she has taught K-5 Science for over 17 years as well as grades K-4 for over 10 years as a classroom teacher. DeLene has been recognized for her teaching with several honors: Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Elementary Science (1999), “Teacher of the Year” for Academy District 20 (2014), and Exceptional Elementary Science Teacher of the Year award by CESI (Council for Elementary Science International), and the Lawrence Scadden Award "Science Teacher of the Year for Students of Disabilities". Currently DeLene is serving as a STEM Ambassador for NSTA/NCTM.
Since 1998, DeLene has very involved in NSTA as attendee, conference presenter, Director for the Preschool/Elementary Committee (2009), NSTA/Children’s Book Council Outstanding Science Trade Book Selection committee, judge for Toyota Tapestry grants, and reviewer for Science & Children magazine. She is current President for the SEPA (Society of Presidential Awardees) 2017-2019. DeLene is part of forming EleSTEMary, an elementary STEM organization for the Pikes Peak Region where she serves as an executive board member, lead teacher, and mentor. Other teaching honors: Past-President for Colorado Association of Science Teacher, exchange teacher to Australia (1 yr), Science Resource Teacher for a NSF grant, Family Nature Summits field instructor and Teacher Park Ranger (Acadia National Park). DeLene believes learning is a metamorphosis of the mind. The joy of teaching is watching caterpillars turn into butterflies.