Kennedy-Powell receives rare national honor, KP teacher named the best in Texas

Kennedy-Powell receives rare national honor, KP teacher named the best in Texas
TEMPLE, Texas –
Kennedy-Powell (KP) Elementary School is being recognized as one of the best in the
country for its unique Project Lead the Way program. KP is one of just 97 elementary schools across the United States, and one of only two in Texas, to be recognized as a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Distinguished School. Only eight schools total in Texas received the distinction.
“PLTW is a component of student learning in every grade level, by every teacher at
Kennedy-Powell. This award is a celebration of our student engagement and staff
commitment in preparing students in Temple ISD to thrive in a changing world,”
Principal Dr. Kelly Madden said.
The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing
student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, Kennedy-Powell Elementary had to offer at least two PLTW Launch modules at each grade level and have more than 75 percent of the student body participating during the 2016-17 school year. “It is a great honor to recognize Kennedy-Powell Elementary for their commitment to students,” said Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW. “They are a model for what school should look like, and they should be very proud of ensuring students have the knowledge and skills to be career ready and successful on any career path they choose.”
KP PLTW teacher named Teacher of the Year This incredible recognition comes on the heels of another great recognition.
Just last month, KP Lead PLTW Launch teacher Maribeth Brown was honored as the Texas PLTW Launch Teacher of the Year. “I’m honored to be Texas PLTW Teacher of the Year for the Elementary level,” Brown said. “I’m so excited that I’m the PLTW Lead Launch teacher at Kennedy-Powell Elementary and providing a STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Math) education program to ALL students at KP!”  Out of the over 100 PLTW Launch teachers in Texas, Brown was one of only two finalists. Kennedy-Powell Elementary is part of a community of K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporate and philanthropic partners across the country united around a passion for providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning
opportunities. For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit
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. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. More than 10,500 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
TISD Motto: Providing a global education in Central Texas Temple ISD is a 6A school district with an early childhood academy (Pre-K), eight elementary schools (K-5), three middle schools (6-8) two high schools (9-12) and an alternative education campus. Temple ISD serves a very diverse student body of approximately 8,700 students and is the fourth largest employer in Temple with approximately 1,200 employees. Through the years, Temple ISD has produced over 215 National Merit Scholar Award winners, including Black Achievement and Hispanic Recognition Scholars.

Attached Pictures:
(1) L-R: Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW, Maribeth Brown, Kennedy-Powell Project
Lead the Way Launch Lead Teacher
(2) L-R: Kennedy-Powell teacher Kayla DeBacker, Kennedy-Powell Project Lead the Way Launch
Lead Teacher Maribeth Brown, Kennedy-Powell Principal Dr. Kelly Madden