Five LAUSD Teachers Awarded Prestigious Professional Development Scholarship From Raytheon

LOS ANGELES – Leadership, drive and motivation are common traits among the five Los Angeles Unified School District teachers selected to receive a Raytheon-Engineering is Elementary® Teacher scholarship for 2014-2015. The scholarships will help the educators implement Engineering is Elementary, the award-winning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Technology) curriculum from the Museum of Science, Boston in their classrooms.
Each award covers tuition and travel to attend a professional development workshop in Boston, along with materials. The total value of the scholarship is $2,500.
The District’s recipients are:

  • LaNelle Harvey, 93rd Street Elementary School
  • Lauren Levy, Synergy Charter Academy
  • David Owens, 96th Street Elementary
  • Robyn Tirschel, 96th Street Elementary
  • Anna Gaiter, Plainview Academic Charter Academy
“I am ecstatic and honored to be one of the recipients,” Harvey said. “I’m ecstatic because it’s a wonderful opportunity to stretch my capabilities, and to add to the repertoire of the learning experiences I will be able to provide for my students. I will be able to use the funds provided by the Raytheon Scholarship to purchase engineering units and resources to support the 93rd Street School STEAM (Science, Technology, Education, Arts and Mathematics) instructional program.

"This includes the ‘Inventatorium,’ an afterschool program developed to support creativity, engineering activities, and other STEAM experiences for our third through sixth grade inner city students, as well as regular classroom instruction with my fifth- and sixth-grade students. I can’t wait because of the improvement and growth, full steam ahead! Thank you, Raytheon for the Engineering is Elementary Teacher Scholarship!”
Other teachers are also looking forward to the opportunity.

“In addition to my duties as a third-grade teacher at Plainview Academic Charter Academy, I am also an appointed member of the California State Science Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee,” said Anna Gaiter. “As such, I am very aware of the fact that engineering is very prominent in the new state science standards.

"I think this professional development workshop is a great opportunity for teachers (and students) to get in the forefront of working with the Next Generation Science Standards, as we will receive hands-on, inquiry-based training in STEM content and strategies. This curriculum is a great supplement to our current adopted science materials and will provide students with many opportunities to learn science content and make connections in the real world.”
Raytheon has awarded nearly 100 teacher scholarships over the past three years. The company also supports the partnership with the Museum of Science, Boston.

 Contact: Monica Carazo (213) 241-6766

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