---- — SALEM — A Woodbury Middle School teacher was invited to Washington, D.C., to speak at the Smithsonian Institution.
Michele Brustolon, who teaches eighth grade Earth science and reading, was invited to speak at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History in December.
She was be one of just three teachers from across the country presenting on the floor of the museum.
Brustolon’s invitation to Washington came from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She was among many teachers who have participated in the NOAA’s “Teacher at Sea” program.
The program allows educators to experience science firsthand. Brustolon has brought that experience back into her classroom, where her students have benefitted from it.
Brustolon shared hands-on activities associated with acoustics with visitors, as well as her experiences studying walleye pollock in the East Bering Sea of Alaska during her three weeks aboard the NOAA ship Oscar Dyson.
To read Brustolon’s firsthand account of her experiences, visit her Teacher at Sea blog here, teacheratsea.noaa.gov/2010/brustolon.html.