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Santa Rosa Academy teacher Mrs. Kelly Wheeler was awarded PLTW National Teacher of the Year for the Launch program.  Wheeler was one of the exemplary teachers from across the United States whom received top honors Monday during the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) National Summit.

Wheeler started 10 years ago with us as a 4th grade teacher and for the past 2 years she has been the PLTW coordinator for K-12 and she teaches the PLTW Launch program for our homeschool/independent study students 3rd-5th.

Wheeler is a Master Teacher for PLTW, training other teachers from all over the country to do the PLTW Launch program (K-5 Engineering, Biomedical and Computer Science).

 

 

Kelly Wheeler Recognized as PLTW Launch Teacher of the Year
Santa Rosa Academy teacher selected as national exemplary educator

INDIANAPOLIS (March 21, 2016)– Santa Rosa Academy teacher Kelly Wheeler received the highest honor given to PLTW Launch teachers – PLTW Launch Teacher of the Year – Sunday night at Project Lead The Way’s (PLTW) PLTW Summit 2016. Wheeler was recognized in front of more than 1,800 attendees, including her fellow teachers from across the United States. PLTW President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Vince Bertram and Senior Vice President and Chief Programs Officer Dr. Anne Jones presented the award. “We are grateful to our teachers for their commitment to inspiring students,” said Anne Jones, Chief Program Officer and Senior Vice President for Programs for PLTW. “The PLTW Teachers of the Year are leaders in their classrooms and are inspiring the next generation of innovators.” PLTW selected Wheeler after a rigorous selection process. Wheeler is a Launch Lead Teacher, who this school year also earned PLTW’s California Launch Teacher of the Year award. Whether leading a remarkable classroom experience or supporting fellow educators across her district, her enthusiasm is contagious. She is a veteran teacher who has never stopped trying new things. “She is PLTW’s poster child,” said Santa Rosa Academy Principal Laura Badillo. “She buys the whole PLTW package, wrapping and all – and she can sell it to absolutely anyone.” PLTW recognized four other instructors as PLTW program teachers of the year for their outstanding commitment to empowering students to thrive in our evolving world. PLTW Launch introduces students in grades K-5 to computer science, engineering, and biomedical science principles and helps them develop problem-solving, critical- and

Wheeler was recognized in front of more than 1,800 attendees, including her fellow teachers from across the United States. PLTW President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Vince Bertram and Senior Vice President and Chief Programs Officer Dr. Anne Jones presented the award. “We are grateful to our teachers for their commitment to inspiring students,” said Anne Jones, Chief Program Officer and Senior Vice President for Programs for PLTW. “The PLTW Teachers of the Year are leaders in their classrooms and are inspiring the next generation of innovators.” PLTW selected Wheeler after a rigorous selection process. Wheeler is a Launch Lead Teacher, who this school year also earned PLTW’s California Launch Teacher of the Year award. Whether leading a remarkable classroom experience or supporting fellow educators across her district, her enthusiasm is contagious. She is a veteran teacher who has never stopped trying new things. “She is PLTW’s poster child,” said Santa Rosa Academy Principal Laura Badillo. “She buys the whole PLTW package, wrapping and all – and she can sell it to absolutely anyone.” PLTW recognized four other instructors as PLTW program teachers of the year for their outstanding commitment to empowering students to thrive in our evolving world. PLTW Launch introduces students in grades K-5 to computer science, engineering, and biomedical science principles and helps them develop problem-solving, critical- and

“We are grateful to our teachers for their commitment to inspiring students,” said Anne Jones, Chief Program Officer and Senior Vice President for Programs for PLTW. “The PLTW Teachers of the Year are leaders in their classrooms and are inspiring the next generation of innovators.” PLTW selected Wheeler after a rigorous selection process. Wheeler is a Launch Lead Teacher, who this school year also earned PLTW’s California Launch Teacher of the Year award. Whether leading a remarkable classroom experience or supporting fellow educators across her district, her enthusiasm is contagious. She is a veteran teacher who has never stopped trying new things. “She is PLTW’s poster child,” said Santa Rosa Academy Principal Laura Badillo. “She buys the whole PLTW package, wrapping and all – and she can sell it to absolutely anyone.” PLTW recognized four other instructors as PLTW program teachers of the year for their outstanding commitment to empowering students to thrive in our evolving world. PLTW Launch introduces students in grades K-5 to computer science, engineering, and biomedical science principles and helps them develop problem-solving, critical- and

PLTW selected Wheeler after a rigorous selection process. Wheeler is a Launch Lead Teacher, who this school year also earned PLTW’s California Launch Teacher of the Year award. Whether leading a remarkable classroom experience or supporting fellow educators across her district, her enthusiasm is contagious. She is a veteran teacher who has never stopped trying new things. “She is PLTW’s poster child,” said Santa Rosa Academy Principal Laura Badillo. “She buys the whole PLTW package, wrapping and all – and she can sell it to absolutely anyone.” PLTW recognized four other instructors as PLTW program teachers of the year for their outstanding commitment to empowering students to thrive in our evolving world. PLTW Launch introduces students in grades K-5 to computer science, engineering, and biomedical science principles and helps them develop problem-solving, critical- and

“She is PLTW’s poster child,” said Santa Rosa Academy Principal Laura Badillo. “She buys the whole PLTW package, wrapping and all – and she can sell it to absolutely anyone.” PLTW recognized four other instructors as PLTW program teachers of the year for their outstanding commitment to empowering students to thrive in our evolving world. PLTW Launch introduces students in grades K-5 to computer science, engineering, and biomedical science principles and helps them develop problem-solving, critical- and

PLTW recognized four other instructors as PLTW program teachers of the year for their outstanding commitment to empowering students to thrive in our evolving world.

PLTW Launch introduces students in grades K-5 to computer science, engineering, and biomedical science principles and helps them develop problem-solving, critical- and creative thinking, and communication and collaboration skills as they solve real-world problems and challenges. Studies show that students who take PLTW have a better understanding of math and science concepts and are more likely to pursue STEM-related majors and careers.

PLTW Summit 2016, held March 20-23 in Indianapolis, is the premier gathering of passionate and committed individuals who work together every day to empower students to develop the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in an evolving world. More than 1,800 attendees — from students to those in the education, government and business sectors — are convening to share strategies for making classroom learning relevant, engaging and hands-on.

About PLTW Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. Through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, K-12 students learn problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking, and how to communicate and collaborate. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in an evolving world. More than 8,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, ptlw.org.