From Hidden to Modern Figures: Bringing Katherine Johnson’s story into your classroom
Wednesday 06/28/2017
4:00 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators in Grades K-12

The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative 
at Texas State University is providing a 1-hour webinar.

The film "Hidden Figures," based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly, focuses on the stories of Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan, African-American women who were essential to the success of early spaceflight. This session will focus on K-12 classroom activities on what NASA is working on today perfect for English, Social Studies/History, Science, Math, and Engineering. Additional resources and adaptation recommendations will be included for activities that tie directly to the work portrayed in the movie.

Ashley Martin is a fifth grade teacher at Banks Elementary School in Kinston, North Carolina. She began her teaching career in 2004 after graduating from East Carolina University. Ashley has served in leadership roles in Lenoir County Public Schools as a SIOP trainer and in the development of science pacing guides and assessments. She is a North Carolina Science Olympiad team leader and a GLOBE certified teacher. Ashley uses the curriculum to encouraged leadership and community involvement roles with her students through activities such as fundraising for Katrina victims in 2004 which raised almost $1,500, creating and donating items for area nursing home residents during the holiday seasons, a poster design campaign to encourage a greener school, and student led lessons with younger grade levels. When time allows, Ashley enjoys volunteering with organizations close to her heart, most recently the North Carolina Coastal Federation and NASA Youth Day.

Susan Kohler is the current Education Professional Development Specialist at Glenn Research Center and serves the states of Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota. She has more than 25 years of progressively responsible K-12 educational leadership experience. She has served as Asst. Principal, Principal, Curriculum Director, Math/Science Consultant and Asst. Superintendent. Susan taught science for 13 years at the high school level. Her expertise in STEM and professional development is combined with her knowledge of new technology trends and innovative instructional strategies. Susan holds a Master’s in Education Administration from Bowling Green State College as well as a Bachelors degree of Science in Biological Sciences with the emphasis on Neurophysiology from Ramapo College in New Jersey.