Education news around Idaho

Plummer-Worley teacher named national fellow

Laura Wommack, a math and science teacher at Lakeside High School in the Plummer-Worley School District, has been named a National Education Association Global Learning Fellow. She will spend a year in a peer-learning network, culminating a nine-day international field study trip to South Africa in the summer of 2019.

Wommack is the only Idaho educator among 48 recipients nationwide.

“I am so excited about this opportunity because I have always enjoyed sharing multicultural experiences with students and this will help me do that in a more formalized way,” Wommack said. “I have noticed that students are naturally interested in learning about new cultures and experiences when their teacher has actually been there and can share their own photos, experiences and personal stories.”

The NEA Foundation is a public charity founded in 1969 with the aim of improving public education for all students. The Foundation serves as laboratory of learning, offering funding and other resources to public school educators, their schools and districts to help solve complex teaching and learning challenges. For a complete list of all the 2019 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows and more information about the Foundation, visit

West Ada teachers honored with Presidential Award

Galileo STEM Academy teacher Sue Darden and Barbara Morgan STEM Academy teacher Lynnea Shafter will head to the White House later this year to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

The two West Ada School District teachers will be honored alongside 140 other teachers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. Each teacher will receive a $10,000 National Science Foundation award to use at their discretion.

Darden teaches sixth grade mathematics and history and Shafter teaches K-5 STEM classes.

“This award is an honor to receive and I am humbled to be in the family of past and present awardees,” Shafter said.

Established in 1983, PAEMST is the highest award kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers can receive from the U.S. government.

Nominees complete a rigorous application process that requires them to demonstrate their excellence in content knowledge and ability to adapt to a broad range of learners and teaching environments.

Scholarship for college students

Are you a college student looking for extra cash to pay for school? A-1 Auto Transport is awarding scholarships worth $250, $500 and $1,000. To be eligible, students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher and be currently enrolled at an accredited college or institute.

To enter:

Students must write an essay about the auto transport industry in 1,000 or more words. The deadline for essays is March 10, 2019. Submit essays to [email protected] along with a name, school name, mailing address, email address and phone number.

After the deadline for essay submission, A-1 Auto Transport’s Scholarship Committee will review each essay.


Andrew Reed

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