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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.

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.

BRADFORD HILL AWARDED $9,000 MURDOCK GRANT

KSTF Senior Fellow Bradford Hill recently completed the Murdock Partners in Science Program, which involved doing actual scientific research on astronomical digital cameras in a physics lab at Portland State University. He started the program in summer 2012 and completed it in January 2014, when he presented at the Murdock National Conference. Following completion of the program, he was awarded a $9,000 grant that will allow his freshman physics students to conduct similar research. Bradford will use the funds to purchase educational cameras that his students will assemble and use to engage in real-world inquiry and engineering.

 

10 KSTF FELLOWS ACCEPTED INTO AP BIOLOGY LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

The below list of KSTF Fellows were accepted into the third cohort of the AP Biology Leadership Academy, run by the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) and Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS). The NABT/BSCS AP Biology Leadership Academy is a two-year professional development program designed to develop a new generation of leaders in biology education.

TWO SENIOR FELLOWS NAMED 2014 NY STATE MASTER TEACHERS

KSTF Senior Fellows Heather Buskirk and Derek Pope were recently named 2014 New York State Master Teachers. The New York State Master Teacher Program identifies, rewards and supports master teachers throughout New York State. As New York State Master Teachers, Heather and Derek will engage in peer mentoring and intensive content-oriented professional development opportunities throughout the academic year, and work closely with pre-service and early-career educators to foster a supportive environment for the next generation of STEM teachers. Each will receive a $15,000 stipend per year for four years for their participation in the program. Heather is a physics teacher in the Greater Johnstown School District (Mohawk Region) and Derek is a math teacher in the Commack Union Free School District (Long Island Region).

LEE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS VISIT PORT ISOBEL

In fall 2013, Robert E. Lee High School Teacher and 2010 KSTF Teaching Fellow Rachel Clausen was awarded one of 75 Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grants, sponsored by State Farm in partnership with Youth Service America (YSA). As part of YSA’s Semester of Service program, the competitive grant is being used to support an extended service and learning framework that allows Rachel’s students to address real-world problems in their community through connecting service activities. From March 10–12, 2014, Rachel and 13 of her IB environmental systems and societies students visited a residential education center on Port Isobel, a 250-acre island east of Tangier Island. While at Port Isobel, the students participated in various field investigations designed to foster stewardship for the Chesapeake Bay. This experience will culminate with the students sharing their learnings with local elementary and middle school students at the school’s Community Science Day, which will take place on May 31, 2014. Read more about this adventure in an article written by Janelle Germanos of the Springfield Connection.

Photo provided by Rachel Clausen 

JORDAN PASQUALIN AWARDED GRANT THIRD YEAR IN A ROW

KSTF Senior Fellow Jordan Pasqualin, a science teacher at Chicago-based Rowe-Clark Math and Science Academy, was awarded a grant for $6,125 from the charitable giving department at Exelon Corporation. The grant is being used to support after school robotics enrichment and supplemental materials needed for an engineering class he initiated. This year marks the third year in a row that he received a grant from Exelon. Previous grants, awarded in the amount of $5,000 for the 2011–2012 and the 2012–2013 school year, were used to support the school’s FIRST FTC Robotics team, which was founded by Pasqualin in 2010.

BRADFORD HILL WINS PHYSICS TEACHING AWARD

KSTF Senior Fellow Bradford Hill won the American Association of Physics Teachers’ 2014 Paul W. Zitzewitz Award for Excellence in Pre-College Physics Teaching. At the American Association of Physics Teachers’ (AAPT) 2014 Summer Meeting, Bradford will receive a monetary award, an award certificate and a citation. Additionally, his travel expenses to the meeting, where he’ll deliver an address, will be covered. Read the press release issued by the AAPT to learn more about why Bradford was chosen.