We are thrilled to welcome 14 members of the Discovery Education Community as our Discovery Education Program Champions. These educators have been recognized for their commitment to sharing innovative digital resources, enhancing student engagement and improving academic achievement.
Chosen through a competitive application process, the 2015-2016 Program Champions demonstrated their extraordinary commitment and expertise in specific topic areas – such as STEM, health and wellness, and social studies – and excellent use of Discovery Education’s programs. The Program Champions will represent one or more subject areas to share various resources and supporting programs with their colleagues and peers around the world. Champions will also represent Discovery Education and education events and virtual conferences, and help shape the development and implementation of future Discovery Education programs to ensure they are standards-and curriculum-aligned. To kickoff this new initiative, the Program Champions recently attended a two-day launch event at Discovery Education’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Md.
|Kristen Davis Teacher, Santa Rosa County School District, Florida. Kristen will share information on The Good Egg Project: Education Station, an online destination offered by the American Egg Board and Discovery Education that teaches elementary and middle school students about the production process of fresh foods as well as sustainability concepts used on a working farm.|
|Jessica Donaldson Pre-Engineering Teacher, Berkeley County School District, South Carolina. Jessica will share information on Manufacture Your Future, a comprehensive program designed to inspire students grades 6-12 to understand modern manufacturing careers.|
|Rex Ferguson-Baird Principal at Brooklands School in St. James-Assiniboia School Division. Rex will serve as a Program Champion for all programs in Canada.|
|Patti Grammens, Computer Coding/Science Connections Teacher, Forsyth County Schools, Georgia. Patti will share information on the Belk Service Learning Challenge, a comprehensive standards-aligned program that challenges middle school students to work in small teams to identify an issue in their local community and design an action plan to implement a solution.|
|Terra-Lee Gratton, Teacher at St. Paul Education Regional Division No. 1. Terra-Lee will serve as a Program Champion for all programs in Canada.|
|Dacia Jones, District Science Specialist and STEM Educator, Durham Public Schools, North Carolina. Dacia will share information on Siemens Science Day, an initiative created by the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education to bring fun, hands-on learning techniques into the classroom to promote science literacy and reinvent the traditional science classroom.|
|Rob Lamb Science Teacher, Pattonville School District, Missouri. Rob will share information about Discovery Education and Siemens Foundation’s Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, which gives students an opportunity to achieve national recognition for science research projects that they complete in high school. Rob will also share information on Toyota and Discovery Education’s TeenDrive365 Video Challenge, which encourages teens across the country to create short videos to inspire their friends to drive safely and avoid distractions.|
|Monique Liles, Science Teacher, Clayton County Schools, Georgia. Monique will spread awareness about the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the premier national science competition for students in grades 5–8 that invites students to submit short videos describing a new innovation that could solve an everyday problem.|
|Andy Losik, Digital Learning Coordinator, Hamilton Community Schools, Michigan. Andy will share information about Discovery Education and the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation’s Together Counts program, which offers interactive curriculum, hands-on activities, and prizing incentives to encourage Pre-K-8 students to live active and healthy lifestyles.|
|Cheryl Lykowski Teacher, Bedford County Public Schools, Michigan. Cheryl will share information on From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil, which offers middle school students, educators and families resources that engage students in the importance of soil science and nutrients in agriculture. Cheryl will also share information on Dig Into Mining: The Story of Copper, an online destination that provides students an in-depth look into the earth’s natural resources and STEM-related career paths available in the copper industry.|
|Jackie Prester, Business and Technology Teacher, Mansfield Public Schools, Massachusetts. Jackie will share information on Econ Essentials, an initiative offered by Discovery Education and the CME Group, which includes standards-aligned resources designed to introduce high school students to basic economic concepts such as futures, hedging, and speculating.|
|Francie Snyder, Educator of the Gifted, Manatee County Public Schools, Florida. Francie r will share information about Discovery Education and the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation’s Together Counts program, which offers interactive curriculum, hands-on activities, and prizing incentives to encourage Pre-K-8 students to live active and healthy lifestyles.|
|Karen Wells, Library Media Specialist and Journalism/English Teacher, Midland Public School District, Arkansas. Karen will inform educators worldwide about Discovery Education and the USC Shoah Foundation’s Auschwitz: The Past is Present initiative. A global education and communication initiative, this program provides resources to support the observance of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz including survivor video testimonies, standards-aligned classroom activities, and a virtual field trip featuring a Holocaust survivor for students to hear firsthand accounts of 21st century history.|
|Brandon Wislocki, Teacher, Irvine Unified School District, California. Brandon will inform educators about Madden NFL: Football by the Numbers, an all-new program launching on December 1, 2015, offered by Discovery Education, NFL Players Association and Electronic Arts to engage students in math and science concepts behind football.|
Discovery Education is proud to recognize these 14 passionate and committed educators as Program Champions. Each of these devoted Champions are experts on their chosen topic and have a wealth of experience using Discovery Education’s programs and resources.