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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.

DARNALL NAMED PRESIDENTIAL AWARDEE

On August 22, 2016, KSTF Senior Fellow Laura Darnall was named as one of two recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching for the state of Tennessee. As a Presidential awardee, Darnall will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science
Foundation. Additionally, she’ll be recognized at an awards ceremony that will be held in Washington, D.C., on September 8. Read more about the award in a White House press release.

Darnall teaches physics and engineering at Goodpasture Christian School in Madison, Tennessee.

KATE MILLER FEATURED IN APS PUBLICATION

2012 KSTF Teaching Fellow Kate Miller was featured in Physics in Your Future, a publication of the Committee on the Status of Women in Physics, a committee of the American Physical Society. Kate states, teaching is “just as rigorous, challenging and tiring as any other options a physicist has in front of them.” Read her full profile in the booklet.

WILD CO-AUTHORS JRST ARTICLE

KSTF Senior Fellow Andrew Wild co-authored an article entitled, “The Development and Validation of a Learning Progression for Argumentation in Science.” The article was published in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching online on April 3, 2016. Access the article here.

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.