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Tami Lunsford Named 2021 Lowell Milken Center Fellow

June 1, 2021

FORT SCOTT, KS — The Lowell Milken Center (LMC) for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas, an international educational non-profit, has awarded its prestigious Fellowship to high school science teacher, Tami Lunsford, of Newark Charter High School in Newark, Delaware. Tami Lunsford will arrive in Fort Scott on June 20th for a week of collaboration with LMC staff. 

The LMC Fellowship is awarded on the basis of merit to educators who have distinguished themselves in teaching respect and understanding through project-based learning or who have the potential for this distinction. The Center selects exemplary teachers from across America and around the world, drawn from a variety of disciplines, to collaborate on projects that discover, develop, and communicate the stories of Unsung Heroes in history. 

Tami Lunsford has been teaching for 20 years at various levels, including high school, community college, university, and teacher professional development. Her first teaching job was at the University of Hawaii’s University Laboratory School where she taught at the high school level, partnering with colleagues to connect science to native Hawaiian cultural and historical practices. 

She has continued connecting science and real-life applications with cultural relevance. She found her academic home at Newark Charter School in 2012, helping to open and develop a new high school as an expansion of an incredibly successful K-8 school. She has worked with her team of teachers to develop and expand the science curricula, align it with Next Generation Science Standards, and provide challenging and rigorous content at various levels.  

Tami teaches Honors Biology, AP Biology, and Marine Science at both an elective and dual-enrollment level. Her Marine Science course is entirely Project-Based Learning and centered around five major issues facing our world ocean today. In addition, she facilitates professional development on deep ocean exploration for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research. In 2017, she became the first Milken Educator in the state of Delaware. She has been the Mid Atlantic Marine Education Association Outstanding Teacher of the year, won a regional award from the Air Force in STEM education, and has been active regionally and nationally with the National Marine Educators' Association. Tami strives to help her students find and use their voices and their gifts to make the world a better place . . .whatever that means to them. 

LMC Executive Director Norm Conard says, "Our Fellows reach for the stars in educating young people. We love their diversity and abilities to teach in many disciplines. Tami is a prime example of an educator with those qualities." 

While in Fort Scott, LMC Fellows gain knowledge, educational resources and ongoing support to enhance their classrooms and help students cultivate a passion for learning by creating projects that initiate positive change. Fellows emerge prepared to develop Unsung Heroes projects with their students, as they apply and evaluate the stories of role models who have changed the world throughout history.

To schedule interviews or for more information, please contact: 

Norm Conard
Executive Director
Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes
1 South Main
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Phone: (620) 223-1312 

2021 Lowell Milken Center Fellow 
Name: Tami Lunsford
Subject: High School Biology and Marine Science
School: Newark Charter High School           
200 McIntire Drive
Newark, DE 19711
Phone: (302) 369-2001
Cell: (302) 668-4183