AN aspirational teacher will be jetting off this summer on a trip of a lifetime with a difference as she develops and learns new skills with those who like her are at the top of their class.

Kate Penarski, a Year Six, teacher will be flying to America after earning a place at a prestigious teaching event.

Miss Penarski, who teaches at Ashbridge Independent School and Nursery in Preston, is one of five British teachers invited to this year’s Discovery Education Summer Institute — one of the most celebrated education programmes in the US.

Chosen for her enthusiasm and creativity in teaching with technology, Miss Penarski will fly to the States in July, where she will join over 100 educators at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

Now in its 13th year, the Discovery Education Summer Institute connects teachers from around the world to share the latest ideas and technology through professional development and networking. Entry is by invitation only, and delegates are recognised as digital leaders.

Miss Penarski said:"I am absolutely thrilled to be chosen for this unique opportunity and can't wait to share and learn from teachers across the globe. I look forward to bringing back new digital strategies and exciting new technology for our pupils at Ashbridge and continuing to be part of this global education community.”

Chris Nash, Head of Community at Discovery Education UK added: "We’re delighted to invite Kate to join the 2018 Discovery Education Summer Institute. Her experience in the US will benefit the whole school, providing opportunities to work with teachers from around the world and bringing innovation to every classroom."

British primary school teachers were invited to apply and face a tough selection process. Miss Penarski impressed the judging panel by highlighting in her application how she has transformed teaching and learning through digital innovation.

She has previously worked as a Fellow at Harvard University in the United States was also recently been asked to share her expertise with other UK teachers in a special innovative workshop on educational thinking.

Lance Rougeux, Vice President of Learning Communities and Innovation at Discovery Education said: "Kate’s selection for the Discovery Education Summer Institute demonstrates her outstanding leadership and commitment to using the latest technologies, strategies and techniques to improve student achievement,” said Rougeux.

“Her participation in DENSI 2018 will help further increase student engagement at Ashbridge Independent School and support the school’s commitment to prepare all learners with the critical skills they need in the future."