For the next year, Clark Magnet High School government teacher Edit Khachatryan is getting a civics lesson of her own.
As one of five Teaching Ambassador Fellows at the U.S. Department of Education, Khachatryan is living, eating and breathing policy. She's in congressional meetings and hearings one day, and think-tank sessions and policy deliberations the next.
And this is just her first month in the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development.
"I'm in an office that works with Capitol Hill, and basically all the stakeholders, to make laws and policy happen," she said. "It's very fitting for what I'm interested in."
The three-year-old fellowship program is designed to expose highly qualified classroom teachers to federal education policy and have them share their knowledge with their peers, lead fellowship coordinator Gillian Cohen-Boyer said.
"She will be very, very actively involved, and the policy person she works for has already been tapping her to go to really any meeting that has to do with teachers," she said. "It's at the beginning stage, but I think she's going to have a lot of great opportunities with the position she's in."