Talented KSTF Teaching Fellows and Senior Fellows are demonstrating their leadership in education every day. Here are some of their recent achievements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KSTF Senior Fellow Andrew Wild co-authored an article entitled, “Beyond Construction: Five Arguments for the Role and Value of Critique in Learning Science.” The article was published in the International Journal of Science Education online on May 18, 2015. Access the article here.
2010 KSTF Teaching Fellow Laura Nutter has been elected to serve as the chairperson of the Staff Advisory Council at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. During the 2015–2016 academic year, she will lead the 20-member group as they meet with school administration on a monthly basis to discuss questions and concerns.
Camden Hanzlick-Burton, a 2012 KSTF Teaching Fellow, was recently named winner of the 2015 Outstanding New Biology Teacher Achievement Award sponsored by Pearson, the Neil A. Campbell Educational Trust 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. Camden—a biology teacher at Olathe Northwest High School in Olathe, Kansas—will receive a travel fellowship and recognition plaque to be presented at the 2015 NABT Professional Development Conference, and a complimentary one year NABT membership. His win marks the fifth consecutive year that a KSTF Teaching Fellow has been recognized in this capacity.
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).
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).
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.