Teresa Sappington of Hattiesburg was selected for a 2015-2016 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. Einstein Fellows are selected through a rigorous application and interview process from a nationwide pool of competitive applicants. Sappington’s fellowship will take her to the Washington, D.C. office of Congressman Mark Takano, D-Calif. Her primary role will be working with the Maker Caucus, which is affiliated with the Maker Movement, a grassroots effort to promote building, tinkering, designing, and creating products, often in garages, shops, and makerspaces across the country. Sappington is an engineering instructor at the Lamar County Center for Technical Education in Purvis. She also codirected two VEX Robotics Competition teams. Sappington spent her summer at a polymer science lab at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she worked on a Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) project. Sappington previously taught physics, chemistry, engineering, and research at Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg. She achieved National Board Certification in 2008. Sappington earned a master’s degree in science education and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry-physics education from Mississippi State University. After her year in Washington, D.C., Sappington plans to return to the classroom and use her experiences to promote STEM education and the Maker Movement in South Mississippi. In the meantime, Sappington looks forward to seeing education and policy from the national viewpoint.