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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.

SENIOR FELLOW SELECTED AS PANELIST FOR TEACHER TOWN HALL

Alexandra Fuentes—biology teacher, KSTF Senior Fellow and outspoken teacher advocate—has been selected to participate in a panel discussion on teacher voice that will take place during the fourth annual Education Nation Teacher Town Hall. To coincide with the overall theme of this year’s summit, “What It Takes,” the discussion will focus on what it takes for teachers to be successful in today’s school system. The Teacher Town Hall will air live on MSNBC on Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 12:00–2:00 p.m. EDT.

SENIOR FELLOW NAMED BETTERLESSON MASTER TEACHER

Jessica Uy is a geometry teacher at Fremont High School, located in Sunnyvale, Calif. She has been named a BetterLesson Master Teacher, based upon her math knowledge, her ability to illuminate math for students and the leadership she exhibits in her school and community. BetterLesson was founded by public school teachers from Atlanta and Boston to connect educators and help them create, organize, and share their curricula, particularly innovative content and practices.

2009 FELLOW TWICE NAMED TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Kirstin Milks, a 2009 Fellow, was awarded the Air Force Association’s (AFA) 2013 Chapter and Indiana Teacher of the Year Award!

BORISH CHOSEN TO CHAIR MATH DEPARTMENT

Greg Borish, a 2008 Teaching Fellow, has been elected to serve as the 2013–2014 Mathematics Department Chair for Hart High School, located in Newhall, Calif.

GLEN BOTHA DEVELOPS AWARD-WINNING EDUCATION APP

Teacher Aide Pro is an Android app that assists teachers with taking attendance, maintaining a gradebook and more. KSTF Senior Fellow Glen Botha developed this app, which was awarded second place in the Best Education App category in the 5th Annual BestAppEverAwards for Android competition.

HENNESSEY RECEIVES BORCHARDT AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

Margaret Hennessey, a mathematics teacher at the Durham School of the Arts, was selected as one of 10 North Carolina public school teachers to receive a Borchardt Award. The award provides funding for participation in a professional development program entitled India: A Study in Contrasts. Organized by the University of North Carolina’s Center for International Understanding, the program allowed participants to explore the historical, political, and socio-cultural dimensions of technological innovation during a 14-day study trip which took place in India in July 2013. In addition to visiting schools, non-profit organizations, businesses, and cultural and historic sites, participants explored global challenges with implications for both India and North Carolina. Hennessey is a 2011 KSTF Teaching Fellow.

2009 TEACHING FELLOW JOINS BSCS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Stephen Traphagen, a biology teacher at Rolling Meadows High School, has been named to the Board of Directors of Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) for a three-year term (June 2013-May 2016). In this capacity, Stephen will help to transform science teaching and learning through research and development.

SCOTT STAMBACH AWARDED NOYCE FELLOWSHIP

Stambach, a 2009 KSTF Teaching Fellow, has been awarded a five-year fellowship with the Noyce Mathematics and Science Master Teaching Fellowship Program at San Diego State University. This fellowship aims to support strong mathematics and science teachers in enriching their practice through engaging with content and students’ thinking, and to support these teachers in becoming teacher leaders who then support other pre-service and in-service teachers in their school, district and region. In addition to professional development and networking opportunities, the fellowship includes a yearly stipend of $10,000 and an iPad.

2008 TEACHING FELLOW PICKED FOR I-RISE

Kelsey Johnson, a physical science teacher at George Washington High School, was accepted to participate in the 2013 Interdisciplinary Research Institute in STEM Education (I-RISE). Taking place at Seattle Pacific University from August 5–20, 2013, I-RISE is a high-intensity summer research experience constructed to act as a hub of collaboration for interdisciplinary research on teacher professional development, conceptual understanding of energy, learning theories, and formative assessment practices.

TWO TEACHING FELLOWS ACCEPTED INTO AP BIOLOGY LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Helen Snodgrass, a 2010 Fellow, and Brittany Franckowiak, a 2011 Fellow, were accepted into the second 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.