Wilson County teacher to speak at Washington, D.C. conference

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:18 PM

Leesa Hubbard, a Sally Ride Science Teacher-in-Residence, will be a keynote speaker Friday at the 13th annual STEM Education Conference held by the Triangle Coalition for STEM Education in Washington D.C.

A teacher in Wilson County, Hubbard provides an educator’s perspective on the varied STEM education products, programs and services designed by Sally Ride Science. Additionally, she is a faculty member in the Sally Ride Science Academy where the company offers professional development to educators seeking to increase student interest in STEM topics and careers.

Hubbard earned a master's degree in education from Vanderbilt University. She is a teacher resource agent for the American Astronomical Society, liaison for the U.S. Space Foundation, Airspace Systems Education Cohort, Messenger Fellow, alumni of the Maury Project at the U.S. Naval Academy and Sea Education Association of Woods Hole. She served as the facilitator for the NASA Educational Workshops at Marshall Space Flight Center from 1999-2002.

During the 2002-03 school year, Hubbard was awarded an Einstein Fellowship through the Triangle Coalition and worked at NASA Headquarters with the Educator Astronaut Program. The Einstein Fellowship program provides a unique professional development opportunity for educators in which Fellows spend eleven months working in a federal agency or in a U.S. Congressional office, bringing their extensive knowledge and classroom experience to education programs and policy efforts.

A new group of Einstein Fellows will be recognized at this year’s event.

“In 2002, I was the first teacher from Tennessee chosen to be an Einstein Fellow,” said Hubbard. “Now, I am thrilled to return to Triangle Coalition as a keynote speaker, representing Sally Ride science, and helping the coalition in its ongoing commitment to STEM education.”

“As one of our teachers-in-residence, Leesa plays an invaluable role at Sally Ride Science,” said chief executive Sheryle Bolton. “Voices like hers help inform our entire organization with a STEM teacher’s perspective, and help us better equip educators to ignite and maintain student passion for STEM.”

Triangle Coalition’s annual STEM Education Conference seeks to inform program directors, administrators, policy makers, educators, and other stakeholders of advances in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the U.S., and to encourage further investment in pedagogy, institutions, and policies that support STEM education.

Guests of honor at this year’s event will include Congressman Mike Honda, D-Calif., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., recipients of the 2013 STEM Education Champion Award. 

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