Program Sends 32 Teachers From Key Dow Communities to Nation’s Capital

Thirty-two teachers from six different states are building their skills this summer through The Dow Smithsonian Teacher Scholar Program, which provides tools, resources and new learning experiences in earth history, biodiversity and energy.

Each teacher will spend six days in Washington taking part in the Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers. After the experience, participants will take their excitement and new skills back to the classroom, while receiving continued support from local peer participants and the Dow STEM Ambassador program. STEM Ambassadors support teachers and inspire students by providing real-life examples to make challenging concepts easier to understand, while incorporating a strong focus on sharing exciting opportunities available through pursuing STEM careers.

“The Smithsonian Science Education Center is thrilled to continue our partnership with Dow to bring teachers to the nation’s capital for a week of professional development. This experience affords teachers the opportunity to learn directly from scientists, and go behind the scenes at Smithsonian Museums and Research Centers,” said Amy D’Amico, director of professional services at the Smithsonian Science Education Center. “We appreciate Dow’s continued commitment to teachers in their communities, and the investment Dow makes to provide students with a robust education so that all students have the opportunity for a future in a STEM field.”

Through its STEMtheGAP™ initiatives, Dow’s STEM mission is to build the workforce of tomorrow by supporting teachers, motivating student achievement, developing careers, and collaborating with communities to transform STEM education into a driver for innovation, manufacturing, and economic prosperity. In support of this mission, Dow’s partnership with Smithsonian will provide new resources and support to teachers in six strategic Dow communities:


Jennifer Foster, Rancho Medanos Junior High, Pittsburg, Calif.

Julie Hubbard, Liberty High School, Brentwood, Calif.

Michele Miller, Mt. Diablo Unified School District, Pleasant Hill, Calif.

Lynda Ramos, Antioch Unified School District, Antioch, Calif.


Paul Legge, MSD of Lawrence Township, Indianapolis, Ind.


Janell Albarez, West Baton Rouge, Brusly, La.

Kacy Allensworth, St. Joseph's Academy, Baton Rouge, La.

Kimi Brignac, Brusley Middle School, West Baton Rouge Parish, Brusly, La.

Jessica Fletcher, Lakewood Elementary, St. Charles Parish, Luling, La.

Daniel Martin, Destrehan High School, St. Charles Parish, Destrehan, La.

Brad Ohmer, Albert Cammon Middle School, St. Charles Parish, St. Rose, La.

Brian Rowan, Plaquemine High School, Plaquemine, La.


Mary Jo Griffin, Adams Elementary, Midland Public Schools, Midland, Mich.

Isabella Lopez, Freeland School District, Freeland, Mich.

Andrea Loshaw, Saginaw Intermediate School District, St. Charles, Mich.

Eric Marshall, Nouvel Catholic Central High School, Saginaw, Mich.

Jennifer Snider, Birch Run Area Schools - Marshall Greene Middle School, Birch Run, Mich.

Deb Yats, Nouvel Catholic Central High School, Saginaw, Mich.


Isobel Dewey, Simon Gratz Mastery Charter High School, Philadelphia, Pa.

Theresa Lewis-King, School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.


Melissa Butterfield, Angleton ISD, Angleton, Texas

Chris Gibson, SF Austin Elementary, Brazosport ISD, Jones Creek, Texas

Catherine Goff, AP Beutel, Brazosport ISD, Lake Jackson, Texas

Devin Hewer, Howell Middle School, Victoria ISD, Victoria, Texas

Kristal LaBerge, Clute Intermediate School, Brazosport ISD, Clute, Texas

Patricia Lausch, Danbury ISD, Danbury, Texas

Danielle McDonald, Brazosport ISD, Velasco Elementary, Freeport, Texas

Traci Perry, Brazosport ISD, Clute, Texas

Kelly Rathbun, OM Roberts Elementary, Brazosport ISD, Lake Jackson, Texas

Kathy Williams, Texas City ISD, Texas City, Texas

“Teachers are the key to driving student interest in STEM subjects, and ultimately in STEM careers,” said Rob Vallentine, director of corporate citizenship at Dow. “Dow is proud to collaborate with the Smithsonian Science Education Center to provide teachers in our communities with an inspirational experience and educational resources to help support their commitment to our students, and in turn drive creation of the next generation of the STEM workforce.”

More information about Dow’s commitment to promoting STEM education can be found at