Lexington-Richland 5 biomedical science teacher Rebecca Howell has received the National Teacher of Excellence Award from Project Lead The Way.
The Center for Advanced Technical Studies teacher was one of seven educators nationwide recognized during the organization’s recent national summit.
PLTW prepares students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM. Around 19,000 teachers in 6,500 schools across the country offer PLTW courses to students. Howell and the six other educators were selected based on their strong alignment to PLTW’s foundational values of leadership, continuous improvement, innovation and accountability.
“To be chosen by the nation's leading STEM providers as one of the seven that they wanted to honor was incredibly humbling,” Howell said. “I know the caliber of teachers nationwide that are a part of this network, and I know the incredible things many of them are doing.”
Howell led a pilot program in 2006 when the biomedical science program first launched nationwide. She has written questions for national assessments and served as a mentor teacher for new biomedical science instructors. In addition to her classroom duties, she is a health occupations student association adviser for her school.
“Rebecca is a leader and visionary in the field,” said Julie Krusen, District 5's 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year and a co-instructor of biomedical science at The Center. “It is a huge honor to be one of the PLTW teachers recognized out of thousands of PLTW teachers across the nation, and we are so fortunate to have Rebecca as part of our biomedical science program and our school.”
The Center for Advanced Technical Studies, which opened in 2012, provides a standalone facility for Lexington-Richland 5 students to build technical skills, gain certifications and earn credits. The center’s biomedical science program includes a sequence of courses and hands-on activities exploring concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology and public health.
The center received PLTW certification in 2013.
“It is a high honor to know that my efforts in my classroom, in training other teachers, and in helping to develop the PLTW network stood out,” Howell said.
Cavalier group honored for service
Richland Northeast High School's HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) 365 organization has been named the 2014 Student Philanthropy group of the year by Columbia Metropolitan Magazine.
In addition to collecting and donating items including canned goods, toys and clothes to help area residents in need, the students perform various other services throughout the Midlands.
Group members were recognized recently during ceremonies at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The Community Foundation will award a $1,000 grant to the charity of HOPE's choice, and the group has selected Palmetto Place Children's Shelter.