Gastineau Elementary School teacher Elissa Borges was one of 100 teachers selected nationally to attend the 2009 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy.
The Academy will be held July 19 to 24 at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J. Of the more than 1,600 third- to fifth-grade math and science teachers who were nominated, finalists were selected by a panel based on individual teacher qualifications, dedication to inspiring students at an early age and commitment to enhancing the teaching profession.
"Elissa Borges is a master teacher in all areas," said Gastineau Principal Angie Lunda. "Her enthusiasm is infectious - many of her students have expressed an interest in becoming biologists or other scientists when they grow up. I am very proud of Elissa's achievement and her leadership in science education both at Gastineau and at the district level."
Borges will bring her experiences back to students in the Juneau School District, helping to encourage the exploration of math and science classes and careers. At the academy, teachers learn math and science experiments to share in the classroom. They come up with ways to teach and engage students while playing with balloons, rocket cars and marbles. These activities support both the district and national efforts to improve the math and science instruction and proficiency of students.
The National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions Professional Development helped ExxonMobil, along with professional golfer Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy, launch the academy in 2005. Since then, more than 1,400 teachers have attended the academy and shared their experience with more than 30,000 students from across the country. The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy pays for travel, lodging, food and all other related expenses for participating teachers.