By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Jun 01, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Sarah Ludwig from Fond du Lac's Woodworth Middle School is among 50 teachers from across the country – one of just two from Wisconsin – that have been selected to attend the 2011 Siemens STEM Institute.

The institute is a week-long, all-expenses-paid professional development event held July 31-Aug. 5, at the global headquarters of Discovery Communications.

There, the teachers (aka fellows) will meet, network with and hear from leading scientists, innovators and thought-leaders who come from careers across the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. They will also get a chance to observe some real-world applications of STEM subject matter and have the opportunity to collaborate with their peers.

According to a statement from Discovery Communications, the fellows will be assigned to themed work groups to delve deeper into STEM teaching issues and subjects and are expected to return home and become STEM ambassadors within their schools and the wider community.

Ludwig is wrapping up her 14th year teaching seventh and eighth grade science at Woodworth Middle School, where she is a member of the Fond du Lac School District Science Teacher Learning Team and advisor to the Woodworth Rocket Club.

"The Siemens STEM Institute will create a collaborative environment in my classroom to foster student learning by engaging students, the school, and the district with innovative lessons and unique teaching strategies," Ludwig said.

Another Wisconsin educator – Christine Lange of Eau Claire Memorial High School chemistry and physics teacher – will also take part in the institute.

Congratulations to them both.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.