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CareerTech biomedical science teacher wins national award

CareerTech biomedical science teacher wins national award

Mike Lindley, left, was named Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science Teacher of the Year recently. With him is Vince Bertram, PLTW president and chief executive officer.

Nov. 9, 2017

An Oklahoma CareerTech instructor has been named Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science Teacher of the Year.

Mike Lindley of Wes Watkins Technology Center received the honor at the PLTW Summit 2017 in Orlando, Florida, in October. He was among five instructors honored for their commitment to “empowering students to thrive in our ever-changing world,” said Vince Bertram, PLTW president and chief executive officer.

In Wes Watkins Tech’s PLTW biomedical science program, Lindley introduces high school students to medicine and human body systems to prepare them for careers in medical and health-related fields. In addition to his classroom work helping students learn to think critically and solve problems, Lindley started an after-school science, technology, engineering and math club for at-risk students.

“The PLTW Teachers of the Year are leaders in their classrooms and across the PLTW teaching community and are inspiring the next generation of innovators,” Bertram said. “Mike is a model PLTW biomedical science teacher.”

Wes Watkins Tech's program is one of 25 biomedical science programs offered by CareerTech in Oklahoma.

PLTW’s collaborative, hands-on biomedical science programs allow students to tackle the same challenges as biomedical science professionals -- from trying to find new cancer treatments to teaching healthy lifestyle choices for their communities. The students use the same tools as professionals in hospitals and labs to step into the roles of medical investigators, surgeons, microbiologists, geneticists and biomedical engineers.

PLTW is a nonprofit organization that aims to provide transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers across the United States. More than 10,500 elementary, middle and high schools in the country offer PLTW programs.

Wes Watkins Technology Center is one of 29 technology centers with 58 campuses in the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education System. The system also offers programs and services in 395 comprehensive school districts, 16 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities and 30 adult basic education service providers. ODCTE is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.

Laura Wilson, Writer/Editor

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