Enumclaw’s Lisa Horton is one of 50 educators from throughout the Unites States chosen to be a teacher adviser for the “Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms” initiative.
A 25-year veteran of the classroom, Horton now teaches at Thunder Mountain Middle School.
The initiative aims to create new instructional models and digital media tools for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning. The digital learning resources will be produced by Boston public media producer WGBH in collaboration with NASA, and will be distributed free of charge through PBS LearningMedia, reaching millions of students and teachers nationally.
Horton, who was selected by the education team at WGBH, strives to teach students about the interconnectedness of science.
“Learning one science subject at a time gives a strong foundation of that particular subject,” Horton said in a press release announcing her selection. “But until you see and learn how that one science subject is part of and interacts with all the other science subjects, you never really get to appreciate science for beautiful and complex entity that it is.”
Horton was one of 50 teachers selected from a field of more than 650 applicants across the country, from a wide range of grade levels and subjects. The candidates were evaluated by reviewers who took into consideration geography, grade, number of years teaching and type of school, as well as the candidate’s willingness to innovate in the classroom.