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WU Future Educators NASA Bound

Warner University student, Amanda Moyer, was one of only twenty delegates selected to attend the NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Pre-Service Teacher Institute (PSTI). LiAnne Sprunger was chosen as an alternate. It is a ten-day residential opportunity designed to increase pre-service educators’ skills in teaching science using NASA themed educational activities. The Institute will be held at KSC May 28 – June 7, 2013, and will focus on inquiry-based learning and the incorporation of technology into curriculum.

This will be an intensive and exciting experience providing a long-lasting impact on the participants’ professional career in education. Participants are expected to fully participate in all activities throughout the ten-day experience including evening activities. Laura A. Baker, the NASA Educator Resource Center Program Manager commented, “dozens and dozens of pre-service students applied to the program this year; more applicants than we have seen in a while. We were very excited to get such an overwhelming response. The selection process was difficult. There were so many worthy applicants. Miss Moyer appeared very enthusiastic in her application and talked of how she was influenced by her mother as an educator and was excited to have a chance at this new opportunity to continue to grow as an educator.”

Education Specialists from the Kennedy Space Center Educator Resource Center will provide participants with training to inspire student learning of science content through the use of education resources based on NASA missions of research and discovery. The two Warner University students will work in small groups to develop lesson plans using NASA educational resources and is expected to present these activities to local elementary level students upon their return home.

Ms. Moyer and Ms. Sprunger had to submit unofficial transcripts indicating their course work and grades, references from two college professors and write an essay addressing why they were interested in teaching and their career objectives, why they were interested in participating in the NASA PSTI and how they will share their knowledge from the PSTI with fellow educators. Ms. Moyer and Ms. Sprunger will receive a financial support package including an $800.00 stipend for meal reimbursement and lodging during the PSTI.

Ms. Moyer is from Sebring, Florida and will graduate from Warner University in December, 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Ms. Sprunger is an Elementary Education major who plans to become certified in middle grades science. She was the assistant for the Lake Alfred Addair Shark Week dissection event and worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Specialist from Mote Aquarium.

Both Ms. Moyer and Ms. Sprunger are members of Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education which elects those to membership who exhibit the ideals of scholarship, high personal standards, and promise in teaching and allied professions. Ms. Moyer and Ms. Sprunger are exemplary Warner University students who will make excellent teachers in the future.

For more information about Warner University, contact Doris Gukich, VP for Advancement atdoris.gukich@warner.edu or 863-638-7611.

Seated left to right in photo above: Amanda Moyer and LiAnne Sprunger

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