INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Waxahachie Global High School teacher April Moon received the highest honor given to teachers – the Robert and Patricia Kern PLTW National Teacher of the Year – Wednesday at Project Lead The Way’s (PLTW) Summit 2016.

Moon was recognized in front of more than 1,800 attendees, including her fellow teachers from across the United States. PLTW President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Vince Bertram and Senior Vice President and Chief Programs Officer Dr. Anne Jones presented the award.

“We are grateful to our teachers for their commitment to inspiring students,” said Anne Jones, senior vice president and chief programs officer for PLTW. “The PLTW Teachers of the Year are leaders in their classrooms and are inspiring the next generation of innovators.”

Moon was chosen after a rigorous selection process. She is a PLTW Master Teacher, and was a civil engineer who changed career paths, bringing an incredible amount of knowledge and perspective to her classroom.

Since she implemented PLTW Engineering at her high school in 2007, one of her biggest accomplishments has been engaging more girls in engineering and the STEM disciplines.

Moon offers a scholarship to girls who pursue STEM fields after graduation, and she has recently spearheaded an outreach program for the elementary school girls with a robotics club called Digital Divas.

“The most dynamic thing about [this teacher] is her relationships with her students and her colleagues,” Jones said.

PLTW recognized five other instructors as PLTW program teachers of the year for their outstanding commitment to empowering students to thrive in our evolving world.

PLTW Summit 2016, held March 20-23 in Indianapolis, is the premier gathering of passionate and committed individuals who work together every day to empower students to develop the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in an evolving world. More than 1,800 attendees — from students to those in the education, government and business sectors — are convening to share strategies for making classroom learning relevant, engaging and hands-on.

About PLTW Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. Through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, K-12 students learn problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking, and how to communicate and collaborate.

PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in an evolving world. More than 8,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org.