Polk County Early College science teacher Linda Sutton has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar to attend one of 32 summer seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities and cultural institutions so teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines. Applicants are chosen from a national pool.

Sutton will participate in a three-week seminar entitled “Re-Enchanting Nature: Humanities Perspectives.” The program will be held at Carroll College in Helena, Mont. and directed by Dr. Chris Fuller and Dr. Ed Glowienka.

The 16 teachers selected nationwide to participate in the program each receive a stipend of $2,700 to cover their travel, study and living expenses, including lodging at Carroll College and meals. Five days will be spent at Yellowstone Studies Center in Yellowstone National Park.

Sutton has taught for 25 years in North Carolina. She received her Associate in Science degree from Haywood Community College and her B.S. Ed. and M.A with concentrations in biology from Western Carolina University. She holds a National Boards Professional Teaching Standards Certification (once renewed) and a North Carolina Environmental Education Certification (twice renewed). She also sponsors the Polk Early College Science Club, whose members have placed first in state for the past three years in the N.C. Department of Transportation Model Bridge Building Contest.

In the past she has presented at Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound Seminars and attended Space Camp for Educators through the N.C. Center for Advancement of Teaching. At the Early College, she teaches high school honors biology and chemistry as well as dual credit courses General Biology I and II and Environmental Biology for Isothermal Community College.