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

BARICKMAN NOMINATED TO TEACHER LEADER ACADEMY

Brittney Barickman, 2010 KSTF Teaching Fellow, has been selected to participate in a regional Teacher Leader Academy. Brittney was nominated by her principal, along with four other teachers from her school and 20 teachers from her district. Hosted by the Northeastern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program (NNRPDP), the Teacher Leader Academy offers opportunities for the 60 participants in its’ first cohort to learn about instruction, professional growth and leadership via monthly seminars. Additionally, participants will benefit from monthly critical friend group meetings.

2011 TEACHING FELLOW & PLC AWARDED $4000 IN GRANTS

2011 ‪‎KSTF Teaching Fellow Rebecca Selleck and the members of her professional learning community at Cambridge High School (Milton, Ga.) were awarded nearly $4,000 in grants from their Parent Teacher Student Association. The grant funds will be used to purchase water and soil testing supplies for the school’s Advanced Placement Environmental Science program, and various magnets and electrical equipment to improve physical science lessons on electricity and magnetism.

BARLOW ADDED TO COMMUNICATOR EDITORIAL PANEL

2013 KSTF Teaching Fellow Rick Barlow has been added to the editorial panel of ComMuniCator. Published quarterly by the California Mathematics Council, ComMuniCator is a nationally recognized forum for mathematics educators. Effective January 12, 2015, Rick will meet with the editorial panel four times each year to edit and prepare upcoming issues of the publication.

KSTF FELLOWS TO PRESENT TWO SESSIONS AT 2014 NABT CONFERENCE

Three KSTF Fellows will present hands-on workshops at the National Association of Biology Teachers’ 2014 Professional Development Conference, which will be held in Cleveland, Ohio from November 12–15. KSTF Senior Fellows Isaac Stewart and Sam Holloway will present a session entitled ” Tree-Thinking: A Models-Based Approach to Teaching Evolution.” Additionally, KSTF Senior Fellow Stephen Traphagen will present a session entitled “Student Choice AND Standards! A Reflective Portfolio Aligned to the AP Biology Framework.”

ALEXANDRA FUENTES WHITE HOUSE FEATURE

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month 2014, KSTF Senior Fellow Alexandra Fuentes was profiled by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Click here to learn about what sparked her passion for teaching and what keeps her passion ignited.

KIRSTIN MILKS RECEIVES YALE EDUCATOR AWARD

KSTF Senior Fellow Kirstin Milks received a 2014 Yale Educator Award. Selected from more than 300 nominees from 39 states and 20 countries, Kirstin is one of 54 teachers to be recognized as an outstanding educator. Read on to find out more about the award and why Kirstin was selected.

MATTHEW MCCOLLUM RECEIVES TWO AWARDS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

Matthew McCollum, 2010 KSTF Teaching Fellow, was awarded a 2014 Excellence in Teaching Science Award from the University of Alabama’s (UA) Office of Research in Teaching. Click here to read more about the selection process and why he was chosen. Additionally, he received the E. Scott Barr Teaching Award at UA’s 2014 High School Physics Contest. Each year, this award is given to an outstanding high school physics teacher during the afternoon awards ceremony.

 

SENIOR FELLOW GLEN BOTHA WINS SECOND AWARD FOR EDUCATION APP

Teacher Aide Pro 2, an app designed by KSTF Senior Fellow Glen Botha, was recently named Best Education App in the 6th Annual BestAppEverAwards for Android competition. Teacher Aide Pro 2, the professional version of the 2nd edition of Teacher Aide Pro, helps teachers take attendance, maintain a grade book and more.  

Additionally, Teacher Aide Pro 2 is featured along with 16 other teacher apps on the Google Play Store, under the “Apps for Teachers & Educators” category.

SNODGRASS NAMED 2014 NABT OUTSTANDING NEW BIOLOGY TEACHER

Helen Snodgrass, a 2010 KSTF Teaching Fellow, was recently named as a winner of the 2014 Outstanding New Biology Teacher award sponsored by Pearson, Ken-A-Vision 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. Snodgrass, a biology teacher at YES Prep North Forest, will receive a recognition plaque at the NABT Professional Development Conference, along with a microscope and a complimentary one year  NABT membership. Her win marks the fourth consecutive year that a KSTF Teaching Fellow has been recognized in this capacity.

O’HARA SELECTED AS 2014 AAAS MASS MEDIA FELLOW

KSTF Senior Fellow Casey O’Hara has been selected as a 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) Mass Media Fellow. This 10-week summer program places science, engineering and mathematics students at media organizations across the country. During the fellowship, AAAS Mass Media Fellows draw upon their academic training to research, write and report news headlines, while sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to the public. Please read the AAAS announcement to learn more about the program and why Casey was selected.