Newark Charter School teacher Tami Lunsford was honored by the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes with a fellowship for her ability to engage students in project-based learning.
Lunsford has been teaching for 20 years, starting at the University of Hawaii’s Laboratory School, where she taught at the high school level and partnered with colleagues to connect science to native Hawaiian cultural practices.
At Newark Charter School, she has continued to teach science with a connection to the world outside the classroom. Lunsfords’ marine science course is focused entirely on project-based learning centered around five major issues facing the world’s oceans.
She began teaching at Newark Charter in 2012, helping to develop the high school science curriculum. She became the first Milken Educator in the state of Delaware and has been awarded the Mid Atlantic Marine Education Association Outstanding teacher of the year, along with a regional award from the Air Force in STEM education.
As part of the fellowship, Lunsford traveled to Fort Scott, Kan., for a week of collaboration with Milken Center staff. The program was intended to help her improve her classroom in Newark through the stories of role models who have changed history.