A science teacher at Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge was chosen to take leave from his chemistry and physics students and spend the 2013-14 school year in Washington, D.C., offering his classroom knowledge and insight in the development of federal policy.

Steve Griffin will serve as a fellow at the National Science Foundation and will advise its Engineering, Industrial Innovation and Partnerships Division, according to a news release.

Griffin is one of 27 teachers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics from across the country selected for the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. The names were announced in late March by the nonprofit Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education in Washington, D.C., which administers the program

Griffin, a native of Montana, teaches advanced level physics and chemistry at Woodlawn High and founded the school’s robotics program. He has a doctorate in science and math education from Southern University.

Before coming to Woodlawn, Griffin taught at Broadmoor High School in Baton Rouge, Walker High School in Walker and a high school in Hawaii.