TROY program to help Wiregrass schoolteachers take flight

Posted: Thursday, 19 February 2009

DOTHAN—Area schoolteachers participating in Troy University’s Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium will soon get a first-hand lesson in aviation thanks to the Civil Air Patrol.

On Feb. 28, 12 K-8 teachers will participate in Fly-A-Teacher Day at the Dothan Airport, said Sandy Armstrong, director of the Math and Science Consortium. The flights will start at 9 a.m.

Three Civil Air Patrol planes will give the teachers an aerial tour of the Wiregrass, including a flyover each of their homes. The teachers will take photographs during the flights and will use those images in classroom lessons.

“They can take those images back to the classrooms and give their students a different perspective on things,” Armstrong said.

The Fly-A-Teacher program is part of the Civil Air Patrol’s education initiative and is designed to expose teachers to the world of aviation.

“Many teachers have not had the opportunity to fly in a small aircraft or even fly at all,” Armstrong said.

This is the first time the Math and Science Consortium has taken part in the Fly-A-Teacher program. To participate in flights, teachers are required to also be Civil Air Patrol members.

The Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium is a joint venture of TROY’s Dothan Campus, the Alabama Commission on Higher Education and partner school systems. Its goal is to increase student performance in math and science by providing professional development for K-12 teachers