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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.

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.

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).