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Veshell Lewis Highlighted by NASA's GLOBE Program as 'Expert' Educator

October 22, 2020

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GLOBE teacher Veshell Lewis displays the GLOBE Observer mobile app that allows teachers and students to upload cloud data, such as coverage, sky color, and visibility.

Dr. Veshell Lewis, an Intervention Specialist at McWillie Elementary, was the featured "Meet an Expert" educator in the NASA GLOBE Clouds Protocol Fall 2020 Update. In the Q-and-A style article, she discusses how she became a part of the GLOBE Program and why she continues to use it with her students and other educators. She also offers this timely advice to teachers: "Never stop challenging yourself. The more you learn, the more you can share with your students."

Lewis has been a GLOBE teacher since 2013. In 2015, she was named one of 23 educators worldwide as a GLOBE Precipitation Measurement Master Teacher. In her Master Teacher biography, she expresses her affinity for science education. Like a true scientist, she observed problems with the way science was being taught, developed possible solutions, and presented her solutions to peer educators at professional conferences hosted by organizations like Mississippi Science Teachers Association and the Mississippi Academy of Sciences. After serving as a GLOBE intern at NASA in 2018, she was able to align the GLOBE activities with Mississippi's science curriculum standards.

Lewis was awarded a Ph.D. in Science Education in 2019 by the University of Southern Mississippi. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Science in Biology from Jackson State University.

Additionally, Lewis' academic and professional pursuits include an extensive list of involvement in programs that advance science education, including the Teacher Academy in the Natural Sciences. She was a Nissan/BankPlus Education Mini-Grant recipient, which awards grants for innovative educational projects submitted by teachers in the Jackson metro area. She also holds a great interest in cancer research and has co-authored scientific publications on proliferation of lung cancer cells.

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth's system and global environment. GLOBE participation is open to citizen scientists, STEM professionals, students and educators. Teachers who complete the training and implement its protocols in their lessons report positive attitude changes in their students towards science and the environment.

Posted in August 2020 as schools were opening to virtual-only learning, this video shows Dr. Veshell Lewis leading a Cloud Fun & Journaling Activity designed for fellow teachers as well as parents working with their own children at home.