Skip to content

alliantgroup, the nation’s premier consulting and management engineering firm, has always had a strong mission to promote STEM education, therefore we are proud to celebrate teachers who are igniting that spark for the next generation of innovators. Since 2019, we have been recognizing elementary science teachers in Texas who are increasing student engagement and achievement through innovative lesson plans that emphasize both the importance and fun aspects of science.

Application Closed.

Meet the SPARK Award Judges

Robert Ambrose

About Robert Ambrose

Dr. Ambrose previously served in NASA’s Senior Executive Service as Chief of the Software, Robotics and Simulation Division (SR&S) where he received three NASA medals for Leadership and Technical Achievement.

The SR&S division is responsible for flight spacecraft software, space robotics and systems simulations for human spaceflight missions. SR&S includes a branch responsible for managing on-orbit robotic systems for the International Space Station.

Adela Uchida

About Adela Uchida

Adela is an Emmy nominated weekend anchor and weekday general assignment reporter at CBS Austin, where she has covered a wide range of stories from natural disasters to deadly shootings. Before coming to Austin, Adela was an anchor and a reporter in Houston, TX and Onondaga, MI.

On her free time, Adela enjoys running marathons and spending time with her daughter and family in Austin.

Chris Ramirez

About Chris Ramirez

Chris is a meteorologist at NBC 23 Valley Central in the Rio Grande Valley region, in south Texas. Prior to joining the NBC 23 team, Chris was part of the weather team in San Angelo, TX.

He is a native Houstonian and Texas A&M University– Corpus Christi and a Mississippi State University graduate.

Jacquie Baly

About Jacquie Baly

Jacquie is the president of BalyProjects, has been a leader in the Houston region’s business and policy communities for more than two decades. Jacquie founded BalyProjects with the objective of providing public affairs and media relations services to clients.

She is native of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, and holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Policy. She has also been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston for over a decade and served as a Faculty-In-Residence at the University of Texas in Austin.

Caroline Collins

About Caroline Collins

Caroline is an evening news anchor at FOX 26 Houston. Prior to coming to Houston, Caroline was an anchor in Fresno, CA and Youngstown, OH and a reporter in Erie, PA.

She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Broadcasting and a Master of Arts Degree in Communication Technology, with a concentration in social media from Point Park University. Caroline’s masters in social media paid off as it has helped her gain over 2 million followers across all of her social media sites, with over 1 million followers on TikTok alone!

SPARK Award Registration

We will choose 6 finalists from across the state of Texas to see who our 2024 SPARK Award will be!

  • The overall winner will receive: $3,500 personal award, plus $500 toward their classroom
  • The other five finalists will receive: $1,300 personal award, plus $500 toward their classroom