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Community Spotlight: Washington Island's Miranda Dahlke

Washington Island middle and high school science teacher Miranda Dahlke is proving she will go just about anywhere if she thinks it can benefit your kids. Dahlke has been an instrumental part of Washington Island, earning thousands of dollars in grants from Samsung as a part of their Solve for Tomorrow initiative. In 2019, Washington Island won the state competition as Dahlke’s students tackled the town’s wastewater concerns. The school’s involvement in the program allowed Dahlke to participate in a special teacher cohort with Samsung, which has allowed her to connect with others across the country.

Her most recent journey was to Huntsville, Ala., to participate in space camp, a program she was selected to participate in 2020 and delayed until now. Dahlke says she took a lot away from the experience.

Dahlke adds that she puts the time, the effort, the money, and the miles in for these opportunities because she believes her students deserve to see and experience what was previously only possible at more prominent schools.

Through the SeaPerch program funded in part by the Door County Maritime Museum, Dahlke and a group of students took their robot Dory to the international competition held in Maryland. Team Dory took 14th in the world during the competition.


Picture courtesy of Miranda Dahlke

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