Laura Wommack – Potlatch High School – Advanced Biology (11th-12th grades)
Laura Wommack, in her 11th year of secondary education, is originally from Southern California where she studied Chemistry and Zoology at the University of California before receiving her teaching certification in General Math and Natural Science from the University of Idaho and her Master of Arts degree in STEM Curriculum from Adams State University. She has worked primarily in small rural school districts in North Idaho. Laura teaches grades 10 through 12, and has taught at-risk youth both on and off Indian reservations. She was awarded NASA’s Endeavor Fellowship through which she earned a STEM Teaching Certificate from Columbia Teacher’s College in 2012. She also served an internship with NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility and Wallops Flight Facility through which she participated in flight-based activity workshops for science educators and earned the RHG Exceptional Achievement Award (Outreach Team). She traveled to India with Educational Seminars to teach science, earned a Siemens STEM Academy Fellowship in 2013 and a Honeywell Educator’s Space Academy Fellowship in 2014. Her passion is motivating students in STEM through hands-on and project-based learning; this is her second year participating in WoW GK-12/Confluence Project as a mentor.