New Intern at Academy Mentors Students in STEM and CyberPatriot

Kate Morehead, Intern with Academy of Aerospace and Engineering
Kate Morehead, Intern with Academy of Aerospace and Engineering

The Academy of Aerospace and Engineering at John Wallace Middle School has a new intern, Katherine “Kate” Morehead. Kate was an outstanding physics student of mine at Ridgefield High School a few years ago. In addition to having exceptional math and science skills, she earned the Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education Excellence Award along with her class by conducting several science experiments and activities related to aerospace. Now she is a junior at the University of Connecticut at Storrs majoring in marketing in the School of Business with a minor in statistics. She and I reconnected this past summer through LinkedIn where I saw she was an intern with FireEye, a Silicon Valley company focused on cyber security services. I was looking for a mentor for a cyber security STEM competition, CyberPatriot, and I contacted Kate to see if she could help us. Not only did she enthusiastically agree to help, but she offered to come to the academy every Friday to work with the students. I worked with the Newington Public Schools personnel office, and we made Kate into an official intern. The plan is for her to come in every Friday when the students have academy classes, at least through Kate’s fall semester. She has worked with the students almost every Friday since October 2nd on CyberPatriot, and she has jumped in and helped with all of their other classes as a STEM tutor. She is a welcome addition to the academy as she promotes a love of learning that is motivating and encouraging for the students.

Author: Bryan Holmes, Physics & Math Teacher, STEM Competition Mentor

Starting at Thomaston High School in Thomaston, Connecticut, in fall of 2018.

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