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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.

Ellis Named Educator of Excellence

2014 KSTF Teaching Fellow Timothy Ellis was named Washburn Rural High School’s Educator of Excellence for the fall 2016 semester. Students submit nominations for this award, which recognizes one teacher per semester for their efforts towards making a positive impact on the lives of the students in the building.

Stambach Novel Receives Alex Award

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko, the debut novel by KSTF Senior Fellow Scott Stambach, received a 2017 Alex Award. The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, gives this award annually to 10 books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. Read more about the award: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/alex-awards

Scott teaches physics and astronomy at MiraCosta and Mesa Colleges in San Diego, California.

Johnson Achieved National Board Certification

KSTF Senior Fellow Kelsey Johnson—an engineering design, programming and AP Computer Science teacher at Academy of Engineering and Aerospace at Erie High School (CO)—achieved National Board Certification in December 2016. She is one of 533 teachers to achieve certification following revisions to the certification process established by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

National Board Certification is an advanced credential developed for and by teachers. To achieve certification, candidates must submit a reflection on student work samples, video and analysis of teaching practice, and documentation of the impact of assessment and collaboration on student learning. Additionally, candidates must successfully complete an assessment of content knowledge.

Read more about National Board Certification


Wild Co-Authors Book

KSTF Senior Fellow Andrew Wild co-wrote Arguing From Evidence in Middle School Science: 24 Activities for Productive Talk and Deeper Learning. The book is available on Amazon.  


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.