Do Stars Move Across the Sky? Transforming Middle Grade Science
Misconceptions into Understanding
Teacher, Woodham Middle School, Pensacola, FL
Larry Hanna is a 7th/8th grade teacher in a computer lab at Woodham Middle School
in Pensacola, Florida. He has been teaching in Escambia County since 1978, the last
25 years in middle school. At the present time he is using Britannica Pathways:
Science as an enrichment course to help increase science proficiency
in his students. He works with the science teachers in his school to supplement
what is being taught in their classes.
Larry received his education completely in Pensacola, graduating from Pensacola
High School (1970), Pensacola Junior College (1972), and the University of West
Florida (1974). He and his wife Martha have two grown children, Laura and Robert.
Britannica Digital Learning
Sara Torpey is a Curriculum Specialist with Britannica Digital Learning. She travels
throughout the country to introduce the company’s resources to schools and libraries,
with a special focus on the products’ curriculum applications to the Common Core
and state standards. She is well-versed on the topics of digital literacy and digital
citizenship and has a strong interest in strengthening the collaboration between
classroom teachers and school librarians related to 21st century skill development.
Before joining Britannica, Sara spent ten years as a middle school math and science
teacher, elementary and middle school math coach, and part-time lecturer in mathematics
at the collegiate level. Sara lives with her family in Doylestown, PA.
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