• The young adults entrusted to my care are learning to be scientists, students, and citizens. They engage in groupwork and projects that are much more like the day-to-day scientific practice of academic researchers, engineers, and businesspeople than any lecture-based model.
• I, meanwhile, am learning to be a better teacher and community member through leaning into the engineering design cycle, which structures how I think about creating, implementing, and improving curriculum. My students need me to provide feedback and coaching about their learning, of course, but it became clear to me early on in my career that I need their knowledge and insight, in turn, to grow and shape my teaching practice. See More
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Doing so not only provided money to fund projects but introduced me to leaders in education at all levels. Under the mentorship of leaders and colleagues, I increased my participation in organizations and conferences. These experiences resulted in my selection as a Presidential Awardee for Science Teaching and further exposure to leaders in education throughout the country. During my time in Washington DC for the ceremonies, I was introduced to the Albert Einstein Distinguished Education Fellowship. In the immediate years to follow, I was a finalist to the Educator Astronaut program and was chosen by NASA as an Einstein Fellow working with other finalists throughout the country. My networking now included leaders, scientists, and professionals in federal agencies. See More
In my 9th year of teaching, I began to transition from new teacher to mentor. After years of working to prove myself, I realized my new purpose was to help other teachers in their professional development journey. I have had the great honor of serving as a mentor to student teachers and new teachers. I find this to be an incredibly rewarding experience to watch others discover and develop their love for teaching. I have also enjoyed leading professional development sessions for our school district and the Kentucky Center for Mathematics 2020 Conference. In 2018, I received the Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. I do not know where my leadership journey will take me next, so I continue to pursue my passion for teaching mathematics as a Kentucky Math Teacher Leader and a 4th grade classroom teacher. Never underestimate the power of leading from the classroom. The influence of great teachers can not be bound by the walls that surround us. See More
He is a strong advocate for inquiry-based learning and STEM education for all students. It is evident through his teaching the strong belief in creating a hands-on experience that allows students to dive deeper into the understating of the content. Dario strives to give students the opportunity to reflect on their inquiry experiences, allowing for development and growth. See More
Previous to this, Ms. Petersen taught middle school science for 18 years in the Ladue School District, Ladue Missouri. In 2009, she was selected to be a Noyce Fellow through Washington University. While in this program, she worked with other Noyce Fellows to provide teacher training in STEM at Marian School, a middle school in the City of St. Louis, as well as work with teachers all over the St. Louis metropolitan area. See More
Early on, Julie was encouraged by her cooperating teacher to attend their state science teacher's convention. It was small but she was so inspired by them. She continued to attend and took the leap to present. That has since grown into presenting nationally at NSTA, SSP Research Teachers Conference, and even overseas. She learned that everyone has something to offer - even the young teachers. See More