Ooten Sharing Her Passion for PLTW

Science teacher Amanda Ooten has been selected by Project Lead the Way to become a Core Training Instructor for the organization’s Level 1: Principles of Biomedical Science course.

Core Training Instructors are appointed by Project Lead the Way (PLTW) to conduct the mandatory professional training and development courses for fellow teachers wishing to become certified PLTW instructors. Ooten, who also serves as co-chair of the CJ science department, will complete a one-year apprenticeship this summer in order to achieve Master Teacher status for the 2012-13 school year.

“I’m really excited by the PLTW curriculum, so I hope to share that enthusiasm and passion with future teachers of the curriculum,” said Ooten, who is certified to teach two of the four biomedical sciences courses offered at CJ including the newly-added fourth year course Biomedical Innovations.

CJ, a PLTW nationally certified school, offers students in grades 9-12 eight year-long elective courses—four in pre-engineering and four in biomedical sciences—taught by four full-time certified instructors. Of the more than 4,200 schools in the United States offering PLTW’s innovative STEM curriculum, CJ is most notably the only Catholic high school to hold dual certification.

“The Project Lead the Way program is growing at CJ. It’s exciting to see that students want to take these courses,” she said. More than 100 students are enrolled in PLTW curriculum at CJ this school year, a 91 percent increase from 2010-11, and Ooten said she expects that number to increase next year.

Ooten, in her fourth year at CJ, has also been chosen to serve as a PLTW field test teacher. She will pilot a revised, updated version of the Principles of Biomedical Sciences curriculum during the 2012-13 school year.

In December 2010, Ooten earned a master’s degree in Education from the University of Dayton along with fellow CJ science department co-chair and PLTW Core Training Instructor Amy O’Loughlin, ’86.