Sindelir named Fox 9 Super Scientist award winner

Erin Sindelir, a sixth-grade science teacher at Salk Middle School in Elk River, has been selected as a FOX 9 Super Scientist award winner.

Nine winners were chosen by an independent judges’ panel comprised of education experts from the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Education.

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Erin Sindelir on camera for a KMSP Channel 9 segment. The Elk River teacher was honored with an award on the program.


Sindelir was nominated by Salk Middle School Principal Julie Athman.

“It is quite apparent when you interact with Ms. Erin Sindelir that she has a love for teaching middle school students and a passion for the field of science,” Athman stated in her nomination letter.

Sindelir’s work was featured Oct. 8 and 9 during a FOX 9 science special. Sindelir also presented on Oct. 13 a lesson at the Science Museum of Minnesota during the Girls in Science expo.

The event provided area kids and their families the opportunity to take part in fun, hands-on experiments while learning from leading science and tech experts. During her interactive lesson, Sindelir showed how science, math and literacy are all related. As part of this recognition, Sindelir received $900 to be utilized in the science department at Salk.

“Ms. Sindelir has been an outstanding role model for young women in the area of science and is an instructor who educates, inspires and empowers her students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers,” Athman said.