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Awards & Recognition

Talented KSTF Teaching Fellows and Senior Fellows are demonstrating their leadership in education every day. Here are some of their recent achievements.

WILLIAMS NAMED ALLEN DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR FINALIST

2014 KSTF Teaching Fellow Taylor Williams was selected as a finalist in the second cohort of the Allen Distinguished Educators (ADE) Program. The ADE Program recognizes outstanding K–12 engineering, computer science, and entrepreneurship teaching through the use of hands-on, experiential, and project-based learning. In March 2016, up to seven of the 16 finalists will receive a $25,000 award. Read more about the ADE Program and this year’s finalists.

Taylor teaches technology and mathematics at Excel Public Charter School in Kent, Wash.

GOLDBERG AWARDED MINI STEAM GRANT

2014 KSTF Teaching Fellow Margot Goldberg was awarded a fall 2015 Pittsburgh Public Schools Mini STEAM grant. The $2,400 grant will be used to fund the purchase of WiFi-enabled digital microscopes and art supplies that will be used by her students to create original artwork out of microscopic images.

Margot teaches biology at Pittsburgh University Preparatory School at Margaret Milliones in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

NEAL NAMED MOMATH SONG CONTEST WINNER

2014 KSTF‬ Teaching Fellow Matthew Neal was recently named a 2015 song contest winner by MoMath: the National Museum of Mathematics. Two of his songs, “Solve” and “Combine Like Terms,” were selected. As a contest winner, Matt was invited to perform one of his winning songs at The Open Set, a special night of musical performances that will take place in New York City on November 19, 2015.

Matt teaches mathematics at Fort Dorchester High School in North Charleston, S.C.

RAVANELLI SELECTED AS 2015 LOCKHEED MARTIN-NSTA FELLOW

2015 KSTF Teaching Fellow Brooke Ravanelli was selected to participate in the 2015–2016 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) New Science Teacher Academy. The year-long program is designed to encourage and support early-career science educators. As one of 30 Lockheed Martin-NSTA Fellows, Brooke will participate in a variety of science-related activities and professional learning opportunities designed to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge.

Brooke is a second-year teacher at the Denver School of Science and Technology.

 

 

BOTHA WINS AGAIN WITH EDUCATION APP

Teacher Aide Pro is an Android app that assists teachers with taking attendance, maintaining a gradebook and more. Teacher Aide Pro, which was developed by KSTF Senior Fellow Glen Botha, was awarded first place in the Android division in the Best Education App category in the 7th Annual BestAppEverAwards for Android competition.

BUSKIRK APPOINTED TO COMMON CORE TASK FORCE

KSTF Senior Fellow Heather Buskirk was appointed to the Common Core Task Force established by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Announced on September 28, 2015, the Task Force is composed of a “diverse and highly-qualified group of education officials, teachers, parents, and state representatives from across New York.” The Task Force “is charged with comprehensively reviewing and making recommendations to overhaul the current Common Core system” and the way the state tests its students. Read more about the Task Force or review its final report.

Heather teaches physics at Johnstown (NY) High School and serves as an instructional coach for Hamilton Fulton Montgomery Pathways in Technology School (HFM PTech), a new career focused school in her community.

BRADFORD HILL RECOGNIZED AS PRESIDENTIAL AWARDEE

On July 1, 2015, KSTF Senior Fellow Bradford Hill was named as one of two recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching for the state of Oregon! As a Presidential awardee, Bradford will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science
Foundation. Additionally, he’ll be recognized at an awards ceremony that will be held in Washington, DC, later this summer. Read more about the award in a White House press release.

Bradford is a veteran physics teacher at Southridge High School in Beaverton, Oregon.

ANDREW WILD CO-AUTHORS JOURNAL ARTICLE

KSTF Senior Fellow Andrew Wild co-authored an article entitled, “Beyond Construction: Five Arguments for the Role and Value of Critique in Learning Science.” The article was published in the International Journal of Science Education online on May 18, 2015. Access the article here.

NUTTER ELECTED TO LEAD STAFF ADVISORY COUNCIL

2010 KSTF Teaching Fellow Laura Nutter has been elected to serve as the chairperson of the Staff Advisory Council at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. During the 2015–2016 academic year, she will lead the 20-member group as they meet with school administration on a monthly basis to discuss questions and concerns.

CAMDEN HANZLICK-BURTON RECEIVES 2015 OUTSTANDING NEW BIOLOGY TEACHER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Camden Hanzlick-Burton, a 2012 KSTF Teaching Fellow, was recently named winner of the 2015 Outstanding New Biology Teacher Achievement Award sponsored by Pearson, the Neil A. Campbell Educational Trust and the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT). This award recognizes outstanding teaching (grades 7–12 only) by a “new” biology/life science instructor within his/her first three years of teaching who has developed an original and outstanding program or technique, and made a contribution to the profession at the start of his/her career. Camden—a biology teacher at Olathe Northwest High School in Olathe, Kansas—will receive a travel fellowship and recognition plaque to be presented at the 2015 NABT Professional Development Conference, and a complimentary one year NABT membership. His win marks the fifth consecutive year that a KSTF Teaching Fellow has been recognized in this capacity.