Mattingly worked with more than 40 Westlake students to help them become inventors. Meeting during her lunch break or before and after school, Mattingly taught students the process of coming up with new ideas and how to take them to a complete prototype. Students worked with
Mattingly on journalizing their inventions, creating displays and developing presentations. She also supported these students at the Westlake Invention Convention in March and at the Northeast Regional Invention Convention.
The Teacher of Excellence Award can vary year to year, but generally includes a technology prize, classroom parties or outings, books, gifts from sponsors and more. Students and parents are asked to nominate an Invention Convention educator worthy of the Teacher of Excellence title – someone who inspired, uplifted, motivated and led by example to positively impact students. Veronica Lynaugh, director of Ohio’s Invention Convention, presented Mattingly with her award.
In Mattingly’s nomination letters, supporters wrote:
- This teacher has taken special care to get to know the students and to help them understand where they need improvement. Then she nudges them in the right direction to realize their full potential. For the past few years my son has been reluctant to speak up and participate in class. But now that he participates in this teacher’s class he’s becoming more confident and self-assured.
- Had it not been for this teacher’s encouragement and guidance my son would have not had as much fun participating in Invention Convention. As he learned how to use his imagination and build upon each idea he became excited about the possibilities and couldn’t wait to show others what he had accomplished. The creative thinking process will serve him well throughout his life and I think it’s remarkable she is able to guide him through it so smoothly.