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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.

HANZLICK-BURTON NAMED 2015 OUTSTANDING BIOLOGY TEACHER FOR THE STATE OF KANSAS


Camden Hanzlick-Burton
, 2012 KSTF Teaching Fellow, was named 2015 Outstanding Biology Teacher for the state of Kansas. Administered by the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) and the Kansas Association of Biology Teachers (KABT), the award is given to an outstanding biology teacher (grades 7–12) in each of the 50 states. Candidates are judged on their teaching ability and experience, cooperativeness in the school and community, inventiveness, initiative, and student-teacher relationships. Camden will be recognized at the NABT National Conference Honors Luncheon. He will receive a complimentary one-year NABT membership, gift certificates from Carolina Biological Supply Company, resources from other sponsors, a trophy to display in his classroom, and a certificate for his school to display. Read the press release issued by the Olathe (KS) School District to learn more about why Camden was selected.

Camden (center) is shown with Kelley Tuel, KABT Awards Committee Chairperson (left), and Gwen Poss, Olathe Northwest Principal (right).

JOHN HOLCOMB AWARDED STEM TEACHER SCHOLARSHIP

2014 KSTF Teaching Fellow John Holcomb was awarded the 2015 MG Eugene C. Renzi Memorial Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Teacher Scholarship. The scholarship is sponsored by ManTech International Corporation through the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) in honor of Gene Renzi, an inspirational and beloved ManTech leader. John will use the scholarship to purchase chemicals and other lab equipment that will help bring chemistry to life for his students at Chicago-based ASPIRA Early College High School.

John (left) is shown with Jeffrey Carr of ManTech (Photo by Jeffrey Carr).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JESSICA PERALTA NAMED FIRST YEAR TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to 2014 KSTF Teaching Fellow Jessica Peralta, who was named 2015 First Year Teacher of the Year by the Oxford School District! Jessica teaches mathematics at Oxford High School in Oxford, Miss. Read more about this special recognition.

36th ANNUAL ETHNOGRAPHY IN EDUCATION FORUM

 

On Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, Jeanne Vissa and Roseanne Rostock‪‎KSTF Senior Program Officers, Teacher Development—presented two sessions at the 36th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. As part of the forum’s Practitioner Inquiry Day, they presented on “Exploring Teacher Leadership Through Beginning Teachers’ Stories” and “Activity Systems As a Framework for Exploring Teacher Community & Teacher Leadership.”

WATSON SELECTED AS 2015 ROWLAND FELLOW

The Rowland Fellowship offers a unique professional development opportunity for secondary teachers in Vermont. The Rowland Foundation seeks to fund proposals that transform an aspect of the school that will positively impact its culture and climate. KSTF Senior Fellow Anne Watson was selected as a 2015 Rowland Fellow. Her proposal to create a public boarding program at Montpelier High School will advance with a $100,000 grant from the Rowland Foundation. As a Rowland Fellow, Anne will take a sabbatical from the classroom in the fall of 2015, to allow time for the development of an action plan for her proposal. In the spring of 2016, she will return to her classroom with a reduced course load, to allow for further work on the boarding program.

CLAUSEN COACHES IB STUDENTS TO SUCCESS

The Robert E. Lee High School International Baccalaureate (IB) Environmental Systems and Societies students of 2010 KSTF Teaching Fellow Rachel Clausen were recognized for earning the highest IB test scores in the Fairfax County Public School System during the 2013–2014 academic year.

 

MCCOLLUM NAMED TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Matthew McCollum, 2010 KSTF Teaching Fellow, was named Homewood High School 2015–2016 Teacher of the Year. Initially nominated by a colleague, Matt was chosen from among 103 teachers at his school to receive this honor.

HOTCHKISS TO SPEAK ON ENGAGEMENT PANEL

On Feb. 4, 2015, KSTF Teaching Fellow Heather Hotchkiss will serve as a panelist in a discussion about stakeholder engagement and communication. Hosted by the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the panel discussion will take place at a two-day meeting of state teams and regional comprehensive center staff. The meeting will focus on ensuring equitable access to excellent educators. In addition to speaking on the panel, Hotchkiss will be available to meet with state representatives to discuss strategies for effectively engaging and communicating with teachers as they design and implement plans to ensure equitable access to excellent educators.

Hotchkiss is a 2010 Fellow.

HILL RECEIVES TWO APPOINTMENTS

KSTF Senior Fellow Bradford Hill received two appointments in his home state of Oregon. Hill was invited to serve on the Next Generation Science Standards Oregon State Communication Team. He was also appointed to serve as a core member of the STEM Strategic Planning committee for the STEM Investment Council for the Oregon Education Investment Board.

PERALTA CO-FACILITATED PD AT STATEWIDE MATH CONFERENCE

2014 KSTF Teaching Fellow Jessica Peralta co-facilitated a professional development session entitled “Meet All Your Students’ Needs by Using Tiered Instruction to Differentiate” with Dr. Allan Bellman, University of Mississippi, and Stani Schiavone, a pre-service teacher with the University of Mississippi and Oxford High School, at the Mississippi Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2014 Conference. Their session covered ideas for daily assessment, various forms of tiered instruction and flexible groupings, as well as tips for creating multi-tiered materials.