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Congressman Jay Obernolte awarding Mrs. Ritter with Outstanding Teacher of The Month.

APPLE VALLEY –– Academy for Academic Excellence (AAE) teacher, Amy Ritter, was selected as the 8th Congressional District’s outstanding Teacher of the Month by Congressman Jay Obernolte. Amy Ritter is also a STEM teacher at Norton Science and Language Academy another Lewis Center school located in San Bernardino. On top of that, she also works as the Global and Local Programs Lead Instructor for the Lewis Center for Educational Research.

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Amy Ritter shocked at the news that she has been selected to receive Outstanding Teacher of The Month.

In this role, she brings STEM education to not only our Lewis Center students at both schools, but also to students across the region with our Local Outreach field trips and across the globe with our GAVRT Radio Astronomy Project. She is known far and wide in the High Desert, Inland Empire, and even globally for her hard work and dedication to her students. Mrs. Ritter has managed to keep students interested and engaged in science amidst the struggles of the pandemic. With school closures, Mrs. Ritter has had to be very creative in bringing hands on learning to students in all grade levels while working remotely. “Amy does it all: Mars 2020 Experience, ‘Out of this World Wednesdays’, JPL’s Mission to Mars Camp, Wednesday Space Academy Classes, and so much more,” states Lewis Center President Lisa Lamb. “These are just some examples of the amazing STEM opportunities Amy has provided to our students and students in our community or around the world. She truly is an inspirational teacher that makes us all want to reach for the stars.” Amy Ritter has also earned the respect of her colleagues over at NASA/JPL through her love of space and STEM education. According to Director of Information and Global Programs Ryan Dorcey states, “Amy’s passion for STEM and space exploration is evident in every activity she shares with students.

She has raised the level of programs offered by the Lewis Center to new heights. She has proven herself invaluable working alongside our NASA/JPL partners to develop our next generation of STEM offerings.”

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Congressmen Jay Obernolte arrives at The Academy for Academic Excellence (Lewis Center) to surprise Amy Ritter with an award.