An elementary school teacher in Petaluma has been awarded a $5,000 grant to learn how to design STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) lessons to engage students and give them power in their own education.

The grant to Kristy Corbett, a fifth grade teacher at La Tercera ELementary School, is one of 39 given out to educators in 22 states by the NEA Foundation. Her grant is in the upper tier of grants awarded by the foundation, which awards $2,000 or $5,000 prizes.

Corbett’s grant will allow her to work with colleagues to design project-based STEM lessons.