Six teachers in the Lincoln Public Schools - David Beatty, Vanessa Brindisi, Jeremy Jank, Sara Kosmicki, Emily Metzler and Kelli Schoening - were among nearly 170 Nebraska teachers who participated in University of Nebraska-Lincoln professional development aimed at improving K-12 math and science instruction, which was led by 50 of the state’s teacher leaders this summer.
Three workshops, dedicated to elementary-integrated STEM, secondary mathematics, and secondary Earth and space science, wrapped up their sessions June 16 in Crete, Fremont, Grand Island, Norfolk, North Platte and Ogallala.
Teachers JaLena Slack of Crete Middle School; Michelle Dubbert of Deshler Elementary; Jodi Bahr of Harvard High School; Sara Andersson of Pyrtle Elementary, Tony DeGrand of Lincoln North Star High School, Rachel Frank of Prescott Elementary, Burke Morrow of Lincoln East High School and Kirsten Smith of Pound Middle School in Lincoln; Lindsey Sample of Milford Elementary; Deb Bulin of Thayer Central High School; and Christy Scott of Waverly High School taught in Crete. Lincoln teachers Amy Barton of Lakeview Elementary, Alicia Davis of Scott Middle School and Annette Luce of Elliott Elementary taught at the Fremont, North Platte and Norfolk sites, respectively.
Known as Nebraska Partnership TEAMS (Teaching to Enhance Achievement in Mathematics and Science) this $1 million grant from the Nebraska Department of Education represents a collaboration between high-need schools and university faculty from the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education; the Department of Mathematics; the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; and the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education.