Juneau teacher selected to attend academy

Posted: Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Gastineau Community School special education teacher Teri King has been selected to attend the 2010 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J.

King is one of 200 highly qualified third- through fifth-grade teachers selected nationally to attend the intensive week-long program in July.

During the academy, teachers discover new ways to excite students using experiments that demonstrate various math and science concepts including force, gravity and probability. The academy curriculum works to deepen teachers' understanding of these principles by conducting hands-on experiments that they can share with their students in the classroom.

A panel of educators from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Science Teachers Association selected the participants from more than 1,200 nominations. The panel based their decisions on teacher qualifications, dedication to inspiring students at an early age and overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession.

"Only one teacher was selected from Alaska this year; we are extremely proud that she is a Juneau School District teacher," Gastineau Principal Angie Lunda said. "I think it speaks volumes that Gastineau Community School has had teachers attend the Academy two years in a row."

After participating in the program in 2009, Gastineau fourth-grade teacher Elissa Borges returned to Juneau reporting it to be one of the best professional development opportunities she ever experienced.

ExxonMobil partnered with Phil and Amy Mickelson, along with the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions, to launch the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy in 2005.

The academy is designed to engage students in math and science at an early age and retain their interest in these subjects through college and into careers.

The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy pays for travel, lodging, food and expenses for participating teachers. To nominate teachers for the 2011 academy, visit www.sendmyteacher.com.

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