Specialty Program Teachers Earn National Honor

Specialty Program Teachers Earn National Honor
Posted on 09/25/2019

Congratulations to two Suffolk teachers who have been selected as a 2019-20 Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Outstanding Teacher. 

Honorees are Dawn Rountree, who leads the PLTW Engineering specialty program at Nansemond River High School, and Sarah McDonald, who leads the PLTW Biomedical Sciences specialty program at Lakeland High School. 

The organization recognizes outstanding PLTW teachers who inspire, engage, and empower their students by creating transformative learning experiences in their classrooms through PLTW programs.  Both teachers are now eligible to be a National PLTW Teacher of the Year, which will be announced at the national summit in February 2020. 

In March, both programs earned the prestigious national Project Lead the Way Distinguished School award.  These Suffolk schools are two out of only six schools in Virginia to receive this recognition for 2017-18 achievements. The national recognition program is designed to honor districts and schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. The schools recognized are empowering students to thrive in an evolving world and have achieved exemplary results from their PLTW programs.  For more information on Project Lead the Way, visit www.pltw.org

  • Project Lead the Way – Engineering … Housed at NRHS, this program empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers. Courses engage students in compelling, real-world challenges that help them become better collaborators and thinkers. From launching space explorations to delivering safe, clean water to communities, engineers find solutions to pressing problems and turn their ideas into reality.  Courses include Introduction to Engineering Design (Grade 9), Principles of Engineering (Grade 10), Digital Electronics (Grade 11), Civil Engineering and Architecture (Grade 11), and Engineering Design & Development (Grade 12).
  • Project Lead the Way - Biomedical Science … Housed at Lakeland High School, this program empowers students to explore and find solutions to some of today’s most pressing medical challenges. Through scaffolded activities that connect learning to life, students step into the roles of biomedical science professionals and investigate topics including human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. Students work together in teams to find unique solutions, and in the process, learn in-demand, transferable skills to include critical thinking and communication.  Courses include Principles of the Biomedical Sciences (Grade 9), Human Body Systems (Grade 10), Medical Interventions (Grade 11), and Biomedical Innovation (Grade 12).
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