School Spotlight – Northland Preparatory Academy and BASIS

Arizona’s charter students, staff and communities are doing amazing things! The Association wants to help promote the accomplishments of charter schools across Arizona, through our weekly newsletter and our blog. This week, we’re featuring a Flagstaff teacher who isn’t done learning and an Oro Valley student headed to Washington D.C.

Flagstaff Teacher Continues Learning During Summer Break

Kaci Heins, Northland Preparatory Academy teacher

Northland Preparatory Academy science teacher Kaci Heins recently returned from Honeywell Advanced Space Academy for Educators at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and Kennedy Space Center. The Academy selected Heins and 14 other teachers across the world to participate. Heins said some of the highlights were underwater astronaut training with scuba gear, three hour shuttle simulations, lego robotics, and standing under the space shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center. Next, Heins is headed to the ARRL Wireless Teacher Institute in California and NASA Langley Atmospheric Research in Virginia. “Even though I’m done teaching for the summer, I’m not done learning,” Heins said.

BASIS Student Selected to Represent Arizona
Boy’s Nation selected BASIS Oro Valley student Ben Horwitz to represent Arizona as a “Senator” during its civic program in Washington D.C. this month. Boy’s Nation is a mock federal government program sponsored by the American Legion that gives promising high school juniors hands-on experience with the inner workings of the federal government. Congratulations Ben! Read a press release here.

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