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Joplin teacher chosen for national ambassadorship

Science research teacher Karisa Boyer

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin High School science research teacher Karisa Boyer has been chosen as one of three national ambassadors for Science News Learning for the 2023-24 school year.

As part of her new ambassadorship role, Boyer will be asked to create professional science literacy education opportunities for other program educators across the United States.

Ambassadors also partner with program staff throughout the year to provide insights and feedback about Science News Learning resources and classroom integration techniques.

Science News Learning is a resource program of Science News, a national magazine publication. Program partnering schools and classrooms use the magazine, educator guides, and learning resources to offer current, real-world research examples and overviews to middle and high school science research students. Boyer noted that she’s benefited from Science News Learning in the past, so she’s glad for the opportunity to play a larger role in the organization this year.

“Having a research class during my teaching schedule is a unique experience, and it can be very helpful to visit with teachers across the country that have similar situations,” Boyer said. “I am excited for the chance to help other teachers throughout the year. I am ready to represent Joplin, and to brag about our students as I interact with other teachers.”

While acting as ambassador, Boyer will attend the High School Research Teachers Conference this fall in Washington, D.C., where she will have the opportunity to collaborate with this year’s cohort of Science News Learning Ambassadors on outreach goals and resource presentations.

“Ms. Boyer is the perfect person for this ambassador position,” said Joplin High School Principal Dr. Randy Oliver. “She’s taken great initiative with JHS’s Science Research classes, and she will be able to share excellent insight with other educators nation-wide. We’re lucky to have her in Joplin.”

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