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Local Teachers Chosen to Attend NASA Workshop

Vista Unified School District (VUSD) teachers from Vista Visions Academy (VVA), Victoria Curtis and Donna Markey, were recently chosen as two of only 22 teachers in the nation to attend a two-week NASA workshop sponsored by NASA Ames Office of Education and Public Outreach and funded by NASA Research Mission Directorate. The event will allow teachers to work together with researchers and scientists to create classroom lessons and projects in an effort to get students excited about science and engineering. Donna explained, “We’re going to get the latest and greatest stuff that NASA’s doing, what their missions are, the technology, and so forth. We can get kids interested in this. Having it come alive for them will turn more kids on to science and engineering.” Victoria added, “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the opportunity to learn from them and other educators who are going to be there.”

VVA Principal Erin English said, “I am so proud of my two fabulous teachers who have been chosen for this honor. These two are leading the way in the area of STEM. They are forward-thinking and will use the information they learn to help move our district forward.” VVA is an independent study school for students in grades kindergarten through high school, blending at-home, online, and on-campus classes for the current 64 full-time students and 90 concurrent high schoolers who take classes online. For more information visit