Bleyl Middle School eighth-grade student, Elaine Pham, and Arnold Middle School seventh and eighth grade science teacher, Adam Schmidtendorff, were notified on April 13, of their selection as student and educator Argonauts for a scientific expedition this summer through JASON learning.
JASON learning, the world-renowned science education organization, chose a select group of Argonauts to join the weeklong expedition to the Cape Eleuthera Institute on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas in July. There, they will participate in an intensive hands-on research experience with resident and visiting scientists engaged in a diversity of marine science projects.
Twenty-two of the coveted Argonaut team spots were reserved for students and educators from the Houston region—including one student and teacher from CFISD. District representatives were asked to apply in January, with applications due in February.
Debra Hill, coordinator of secondary science, visited both Bleyl and Arnold, on April 13, with a congratulatory team including Linda Macias, associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction and accountability; Tom Jackson, Board of Trustees vice president; and Monica Schmidt, coordinator for elementary science.
Several Arnold co-workers were present to surprise Schmidtendorff with the announcement, including his wife, Tiffany.
“I am extremely excited and it is a true honor to have been selected to represent CFISD and Arnold Middle School as an Educator Argonaut for the JASON program,” Schmidtendorff said. “It is a once in a lifetime opportunity where I will be able to bring back and share new knowledge and my experiences with students, staff and the CFISD community as a whole. It is wonderful to work within a district and with students where great things are not only a possibility, but happening every day.”
Pham was surprised with the announcement during one of her classes by her parents and Bleyl administrators including principal Stacia Carew.
“I was a bit shocked at first, but after a while it hit me that I’m going to get to go to the Bahamas. This is really cool,” Pham said. “It was nice that my parents got to be here, because they’re the main reason I applied. They encouraged me to explore this neat opportunity. I hope to come back from the expedition with a lot of great memories and the knowledge of working with other people who have the same interests as me.”
Courtesy of: Joel Weckerly