OKLAHOMA CITY (May 2, 2014) – Lane Matheson, a teacher at Memorial High School and Engineering Academy in Tulsa Public Schools, received a special award for her excellence in teaching at an international high school robotics competition in St. Louis, Mo., last week.
Matheson received the Woodie Flowers Award at the FIRST World Championship. The prize is given every year to one robotics team mentor who uses excellent communications skills to “inspire and empower” about engineering and design.
“Lane brings a fresh, future-focused drive to her job, and I know her students can’t help but be inspired,” State Superintendent Janet Barresi said. “This award shows how lucky we are to have her in Oklahoma and how positive it is to have robotics programs in our schools.”
Matheson teaches Engineering Robotics, AP Calculus, AP Physics and Electronic Robots at Memorial. She also mentors Memorial’s FIRST team The Circuit Chargers, Team 932.
This year’s FIRST Championship brought together more than 12,000 students in a series of engineering, tech and robotics competitions. The FIRST program hosts thousands of teams in smaller competitions all over the globe year-round.
Matheson has been a teacher for more than 15 years. She has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University and a Master’s of Arts in Secondary Education from the University of Tulsa. She was a finalist in the 2013 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year competition.