SEEA Honorees 2020
Colin Lang, 2020 SEEA Honoree
Colin Lang is a teacher, mentor, and coach. He is in his fourteenth year at Alamo Heights High School (AHHS) where he is the teacher of (Systems Go) Aerospace Studies program, an innovative, project-based education program which he implemented at AHHS from the ground up. It began with launching little rockets that would go about 200 ft in the air. His students now work with NASA to build rockets designed to go up to 100,000 ft. To date they have reached 37,000 ft. This can only be done at the White Sands Missile Range. In addition to his leadership of the Alamo Heights Rocketry Program, Colin is the founder and Head Coach of the Alamo Heights High School Rugby Team.
Prior to joining the faculty at AHHS, Colin taught for one year at the KIPP Aspire Academy and for eight years at Zachary Middle School as the eighth grade lead science teacher.
Colin earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology and Kinesiology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and more recently a Masters of Education degree in Integrated Physics and Chemistry from Our Lady of the Lake University graduating Magna Cum Laude from both schools. Mr. Lang holds certifications to teach Physics, Chemistry, Biology and IPC. He is also a certified coach having coached football, rugby, hockey, wrestling, MMA, basketball, track and volleyball.
Colin has served as a mentor to new teachers, a coach and presenter at science and technology conferences as well as the lead trainer and instructor for the SystemsGo program. Mr. Lang has received several awards including First Year Teacher of the Year (NISD), Spotlight on Excellence Award (AHISD), Texas High School Rugby Coach of the Year and was a finalist in the HEB Excellence in Education and Trinity Prize. He believes that learning should be fun and experienced in a real-life context. The Rocketry program at Alamo Heights is a perfect example of how project-based education through problem solving in a real-world setting can change student’s lives. One of those students said of Mr. Lang "During my four years in the rocketry program, Mr. Lang has taught me how to use the NASA research and design process, create technical drawings using CAD software, design and build a seven-foot long rocket that went the speed of sound, and use tools that would be found in any industry machine shop like a welder and lathe. These opportunities don’t often come to high-school students, and I can say with complete certainty that I have never had a teacher who has been willing to put more trust, respect, and time into my education than Mr. Lang. He is not only an excellent educator, but also a role model for everyone he teaches and an example of the engineer I hope to become in the future."
Morgan S. Lund, 2020 SEEA Honoree
Morgan S. Lund, M.E. is a teacher, mentor and sponsor at Engineering & Technologies Academy at Roosevelt High School (ETA) in North East ISD where she is a specialized Engineering teacher and teaches three prep courses grades 9 -12 in Engineering Math, Engineering Design & Presentation (Auto Desk Inventor) and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Aerospace Engineering Course. Ms. Lund is also the sponsor for the school’s Rocketry Student Launch Club.
Ms. Lund received a BS in Civil Engineering and Masters in Civil Engineering both from Texas A&M University. Following college Ms. Lund was head of the Geotechnical Engineering Department at Gessner Engineering for eight years and then because of her passion to work with students in STEM education began her teaching career at Inquire Academy in Bryan ISD teaching calculus and algebra before joining the faculty at Engineering & Technologies Academy at Roosevelt High School (ETA).
In his nomination of Ms. Lund for the SEEA, Mr. Robert Lozano, the Director of ETA, stated that “…Ms. Lund consistently promotes STEM through ETA when it hosts 8th grade student visits through shadow days and magnet nights at ETA. Her background in Civil Engineering plays a key role in recruiting many visiting male and female students looking at exploring a career in STEM. Ms. Lund spends countless hours outside of her daily work schedule working with our students in preparing for the multiple phases in building a level 2 rocket for the NASA Student Launch (SL) yearly competition. She works with her rocketry students to prepare their… proposal for NASA then working with the team’s mentor… to ensure the integrity and safety of their build. She truly is an inspiration to our students…”
Perhaps, Nathan Puckett, one of Ms. Lund’s students put it best when he said “…the genius of Mrs. Lund’s teaching style doesn’t just come from her flexibility when it comes to assignments. There is a certain, simple elegance with the lessons she teaches to students that’s quite difficult to put into words. Everything is linked logically and neatly with each other, which is impressive considering the non-standardized education she teaches. Just like life, things aren’t set in stone, and Mrs. Lund responds to it. However, one thing is for sure: Mrs. Lund has gone above and beyond any other teacher, and she’s certainly advanced the STEM field in more ways than one.”