Mrs. Ellisha Newton, M. Ed., districtwide instructional coordinator, was recently chosen to be a 2019 Space Educator Expedition Crew member. Space Center Houston launched the program in 2017 to help meet a nationwide need to prepare students for STEM careers and an equal need for extraordinary teacher leaders to inspire students. The crew aims to empower teachers to build leadership competencies by creating innovative STEM programs for their students, schools and communities.
Since the inaugural year, an additional 10 educators have been chosen each year. Members hail from across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Crew members were awarded scholarships to attend Space Center Houston's Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC).
At the SEEC conference, the crew members were tasked with performing space expedition outreach to other educators to impact students in their schools, districts, states or regions for one year. This year is called, "A Year in Space." When the year ends, the crew members will return to SEEC to share the results of their educational expeditions. Through the program, crew members also have access to unique professional development opportunities, including the ability to collaborate with their regional teams and virtually with educators across the nation to enhance and expand their outreach.
Mrs. Newton will be participating with the Harmony Crew, a group of Space Educator Expedition Crew Members from Texas and Louisiana.
Congratulations, Mrs. Newton!
Photo: Mrs. Newton at left