Wheatland-Chili Central School District

Farm Girl Reaches for the Stars

“I built a great foundation in math and science while at Wheatland-Chili,” said Karon Woods, crew survival & operations specialist in the NASA Johnson Space Center. “I also had great English teachers. Without the ability to communicate, you cannot share ideas.”

Woods is a crew survivability lead analyst for human spaceflight and the senior technical specialists on failure investigations. 

“Dream big, then bigger. I was a farm kid, far from where I am now. I influence decisions on America’s space program. I work with astronauts, engineers, scientists, medical specialists, machinists, and mechanics. It takes a team to design, build, launch, and maintain spacecraft.”

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    On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, T. J. Connor Elementary School hosted a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Launch Showcase. Teachers and administrators from local school districts were in attendance for this session. Executive Director of Curriculum, Jennifer Sinsebox, Project Lead the Way Launch Lead Teacher, Pauline Emelson, and Elementary Curriculum Leader, Amy Richmond, facilitated an overview session of the Launch program and District’s implementation of the pre-engineering units of study into the elementary science curriculum. The highlight of the morning was the showcase presented by the twenty-two K-5 students and grade-level teacher representatives, Pam Merritt, Kindergarten; Amy Richmond, first grade; Kristen Hotaling, second grade; Maggie Spuhler, third grade; and Pauline Emelson, supporting fourth- and fifth-grade students. The visitors had the opportunity to see PLTW Launch in action as the students demonstrated the pre-engineering activities. The participants were impressed as the students were able to describe the engineering principles involved in their grade-level-specific, project-based learning experiences. 

    This is the second year that T.J. Connor students have been engaging in pre-engineering curriculum. The program enhances elementary students’ ability to collaborate, think critically, and problem solve while engaging in hands-on learning. Congratulations to all the student and teacher participants that showcased how T. J. Connor continues to Lead the Way. 

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