Florida charter school professor Suzanne Ramjattan Halverson, whose students built an underwater robot this spring, is up for the Air Force Association’s National Teacher of the Year Award after landing top place at earlier competitions.
“I am truly honored to have been selected as Teacher of the Year for both the Air Force Association’s Central Florida Chapter and the State of Florida,” Halverson, the Polk State Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School instructor, said. “I am grateful to be an educator at Polk … which allows educators to teach students how to solve problems and apply critical-thinking skills. I am thankful to be able to collaborate with an awesome team of faculty, staff and students.”
As an anatomy and physiology teacher, Halverson also organizes the institution’s STEM program at Polk State Chain of Lakes. She led STEM students in an underwater robotics course this spring, assembling a machine that can collect data and water samples from a 300-foot depth that is expected to be fully functional for future students as they study area water pollution.
“She has a great shot at nationals,” Air Force Association Central Florida Chapter president Gary Lehmann said following Halverson’s victory at chapter and state levels, citing her recent work in underwater robotics as distinguishing her from the competition.
Located in Winter Haven, the Polk campus is one of three public charter high schools run by Polk State College that allow students to earn college credit concurrently with their high school degrees.