From left to right: Jennifer Guerrero, Thompson peer facilitator; Alyta Harrell, associate superintendent of campus development; Holly Yoes, intermediate science specialist; Dr. Karen Hickman, deputy superintendent of campus development; Dr. DeeAnn Powell, superintendent of schools; Wendy Sanchez; Eloy Sanchez, Jr.; Eloy Sanchez, Sr.; Carol Waters, Thompson science teacher; Melissa Allen, Thompson principal and Travis Teichelman,Thompson assistant principal.
CTHS biology teacher Callie Hensley-Tromborg has been chosen as Pasadena ISD's 2016 JASON National Argonaut instructor.
Thompson eighth grader Eloy Sanchez, Jr. and Lewis CTHS biology teacher Callie Hensley-Tromborg have been selected to experience the opportunity of a lifetime. They will participate in a week-long exploratory adventure at the Cape Eleuthera Institute in the Bahamas with world renowned explorers, scientists and engineers as part of the JASON National Argonaut program.
JASON Learning is a national science organization that partners with the NOAA, NASA, National Geographic and others to help science come alive in the classroom and inspire students to pursue careers in STEM.
As part of a grant from Chevron, students and educators from 12 districts were able to join the JASON Argonaut Exploration. The process to be accepted into the program is highly rigorous and requires students and teachers to submit a video and write essays explaining why they are the best candidates.
“I feel extremely honored and thankful for everyone who helped me and supported me through this process,” Sanchez said. “I looking forward to meeting other kids who are interested in science and are looking to follow the same career path as me. Then when I get back, I’ll be able to teach other kids about this program and how it can change their lives.”
Sanchez’s parents assisted his teachers and administrators in keeping his selection a secret and surprised him during his science class.
“I’m incredibly proud and excited for Eloy,” Eloy Sanchez, Sr. said. “This is a huge milestone and he has worked tremendously hard throughout his entire academic career, which has put him in the position he’s in now to be selected for this honor. My wife and I are so pleased that he will get to go and have this experience of a lifetime.”
When Sanchez and Hensley-Tromborg begin their journey, they will participate in hands-on research at Cape Eleuthera collecting samples and studying aquaculture and sea life.
“I’m very excited to travel to the institute and participate in some of the scientific research and the education they provide there,” Hensley-Tromborg said. “I’m also excited to see how I can incorporate some of the JASON learning curriculum into my high school classroom, like I did when I was a teacher at Jackson Intermediate.”
They are also invited to the 2016 Houston Area JASON National Argonaut reception May 24 at Alief ISD. Sanchez and Hensley-Tromborg will have the opportunity to meet other student and teacher Argonauts from area districts and learn about their experiences.
“I loved my experience in Cape Eleuthera,” said 2015 JASON National Argonaut Daniel Leon, now a student at Lewis CTHS. “My favorite part was dissecting the lionfish. We learned which spines were poisonous and how to properly handle them. Based on that trip I decided to pursue a future career in marine biology, it really changed my life.”
The JASON National Argonaut program was made possible through a generous donation from Chevron. The district partnered with Chevron to provide JASON curriculum for middle and intermediate school students throughout the school year.
From left to right back row: Becky Benner, executive director of curriculum and instruction and Dr. Karen Hickman, deputy superintendent of academic achievement. Front row: Steve Fleming, principal of Lewis CTHS, Hensley-Tromborg and Holly Yoes, intermediate science specialist.