Mt. Vernon High School Science Teacher, Lynette Huth, was recently awarded a grant of $12,000 by Lilly Endowment Inc. through the 2018 Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program. The Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program is a program to help recognize and renew Indiana educators by helping them explore new interests and expand their mind to new ideas and creativity. This is the 31st year of the competitive program that rewards up to 100 educators with $12,000 each.
Huth plans to expand her knowledge with this $12,000 grant by learning more about the Evolution Theory through visiting the Museum of Natural History as well as neighboring exhibits, such as the Alder Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and the Museum of Science and Industry. Her five week trip also includes visiting Glacier, Yellowstone and the Grand Teton national parks, as well as the Ark and the Creation Museum in Ohio.
Her project, titled "Curious about Creation" will focus on her quest to learn more about Evolution Theory, Creation Science, and Biblical teachings about creation. It will be a time of personal reflection to examine her own convictions and take risk in opening herself up to all sides of persuasion.
Huth states, "I hope through this project the students see my quest as courageous, giving them the courage to explore their own ideas in spite of making themselves vulnerable to critics."
Huth hopes that this renewal will help her gain more knowledge and creativity to bring back to her classroom. “As my knowledge base broadens, my creative thoughts expand. This project provides me with educational experiences and physical evidence that will expose me to very different viewpoints,” Huth stated.
“I love every aspect of teaching and appreciate the opportunity Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation has given me to be a part of their educational system,” said Huth. The Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation is proud of Huth for her desire to expand her knowledge and creativity for her own professional development.