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Heidi Albin Named 2019 Lowell Milken Center Fellow

June 01, 2019

FORT SCOTT, KS – The Lowell Milken Center (LMC) for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas, an international educational non-profit, has awarded its prestigious Fellowship to science teacher and character education coordinator, Heidi Albin, of Complete High School in Maize, KS. Heidi will arrive in Fort Scott on June 23rd for a week of collaboration with LMC staff.

The LMC Fellowship is awarded on the basis of merit to educators who have distinguished themselves in teaching respect and understanding through project-based learning or who have the potential for this distinction. The Center selects exemplary teachers from across America and Europe, drawn from a variety of disciplines, to collaborate on projects that discover, develop, and communicate the stories of Unsung Heroes in history.

Heidi Albin, a 2017 Milken Educator, has been the science teacher and character education coordinator at Complete High School Maize (CHSM) for the past 10 years, where she teaches 9-12th grade Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physical Science, Agriculture, Health, Career Skills, and Character Education. Heidi believes in making content relevant to life and develops unique, multifaceted, engaging lessons through interaction with the outdoors and the community. Heidi has helped CHSM receive recognition, both as a State and National School of Character and as the Kansas Association of Conservation and Environmental Education Green School of the Year. She has also coauthored "186 Days of Character," a yearlong character education curriculum, has implemented a facility therapy dog program, and established a handicap accessible community garden.

Heidi's passion for teaching extends beyond her school and has impacted other educators, as well. She is a member of a national 100k-in-10 Project Team which helps to improve teacher preparation. As a member of the Master Angler with Fishing's Future and Board of Directors for WILD KS, Heidi has written and implemented curriculum for unique science courses in fishing, wilderness survival and camping. Through her presentations at conferences for the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network and the Kansas Association for Teachers of Science, Heidi has shared her resources with hundreds of educators across Kansas.

LMC Executive Director Norm Conard says, "Heidi's innovative implementation of both the science and character education curriculums is what we are looking for, as we seek the most inspiring and motivating teachers. Heidi's experience and expertise will be a great asset to our Fellowship."

While in Fort Scott, LMC Fellows gain knowledge, educational resources and ongoing support to enhance their classrooms and help students cultivate a passion for learning by creating projects that initiate positive change. Fellows emerge prepared to develop Unsung Heroes projects with their students as they apply and evaluate the stories of role models who have changed the world throughout history.

To schedule interviews or for more information, please contact:

Norm Conard
Executive Director
Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes
1 South Main
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Phone: (620) 223-1312

2019 Lowell Milken Center Fellow
Name: Heidi Albin
School: Complete High Schoo­­­l
Subject: High School Science Teacher and Character Education
745 W. Academy Ave.
Maize, KS 67101 
Cell Phone: (316) 208-9869