HOUSTON -

A national magazine has named a Houston woman as its teacher of the year.

Arwen Imai Matthews is head of the science department at the KIPP 3D Academy.

She is being honored in People magazine's Oct.22 issue.

Matthews said she's just trying to make the subjects she teaches a little more fun.

"Science and math get a little bit of a bad reputation because they require a lot of thought. If they're taught well, you can kind of sneak in all the different thought processes that the kids need," she said.

Matthews received a $4,000 prize for her school and another $1,000 for herself.