Michael Town
Tesla STEM Highschool and Teacher Advisory Council
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MICHAEL TOWN is a member of the National Academies Teacher Advisory Council. He has taught Science and Engineering courses for over 30 years in Redmond Washington. In 2010-2011 he served as an Einstein Fellow working on STEM education policy issues for the National Science Board which provides oversight to the National Science Foundation. On his return to Redmond he was instrumental in the formation of Tesla STEM High School, a public lottery based, High School and the development of a 7 million dollar environmental education center. He has served on the Steering Committee on Climate Change Education in Formal Settings, and the STEM Integration in K-12 Education reports. He has also chaired STEM Learning Is Everywhere: Engaging Schools and Empowering Teachers to Integrate Formal, Informal, and After-School Education to Enhance Teaching and Learning in Grades K-8 and the Exploring Opportunities for STEM Teacher Leadership convocations and reports. Mike has been awarded the NEA Foundation Green Prize, Amgen Science Teaching Award, Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators and the Siemens Outstanding Educator Award. Currently he teaches AP Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Design and the University of Washington Science of Climate Change courses. In this free time Mike works on preserving public land and was instrumental in the passage by Congress of the Wild Sky Wilderness Act which preserved over 106,000 acres in Washington State in 2008.

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