On June 8, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene announced Tesla STEM student, Sophia Xu Ling as winner of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition for Washington’s first congressional district for her watercolor piece titled, “The Suffering of the Great.”
Three Lake Washington High School Teachers Accepted into a Local STEM Program
Three teachers from Lake Washington High School (LWHS) were recently accepted into the 2019-20 Accessing Career Connected Experiences for Student Success (ACCESS) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Program. Teachers include Michelle Coon, Matt Macomber and Casey Rummel. These teachers were three of the 38 educational participants in Washington state. The goal of the program is to increase student access to STEM career pathways through partnerships between educators and businesses. This program is presented by the Washington Alliance for Better Schools (WABS).
Coon, Macomber and Rummel were selected as part of a competitive application process based on their teaching experience and enthusiasm to adopt STEM methods and ideologies into their English Language Arts (ELA) classrooms. The program prepares teachers with instructional capacity regarding career-connected learning with a focus on STEM. Upon completing the program, teachers will earn 101 STEM Clock Hours and a $1,500 stipend.
Over the summer, participants spent five days in an industry workplace to gain more professional development skills. Topics included 21st century skills, problem-based learning, equity and STEM career pathways. Coon, Macomber and Rummel were placed at the Costco Corporate Office in Issaquah, Wash., where they worked with international buyers. During the 2019-20 school year, they will continue to participate on the High School ELA Retail team. Each team is comprised of 2-3 industry partners, 2-4 teachers and one experienced mentor teacher who will continue to guide them to translate the workplace experiences into their classrooms.
Throughout the program, teachers will also have the opportunity to attend two field trips to grow their understanding of regional post-secondary education opportunities. The first field trip is in October at Washington State University’s Everett campus. The second field trip is in March at Renton Technical College.