Nezperce Idaho teacher heads to DC to serve in Einstein Fellowship

NEZPERCE, ID - A local science teacher has been selected to serve as a Congressional Fellow in Washington DC to help policy makers understand classroom insight from a teacher's perspective.

Nezperce High School science teacher Shawn Tiegs is one of 27 science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers from across the country that have been selected for the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. Tiegs said he'll work with a US Senator or Representative to give them a better understanding of how rural America operates in the classroom.

"The whole idea behind the Einstein Fellowship is that teachers who are active in the classroom can basically have a voice or a seat at the table when it comes to policy decisions at the national level," said Tiegs.

Tiegs will serve in DC starting in September until August of 2014. He'll take a one-year leave of absence from his current teaching position while he's away.