Ring Elementary School third grade teacher, Kim Austin, has been selected to attend the 2013 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J. Mrs. Austin is one of 200 highly-qualified third- through fifth-grade teachers from around the country selected to attend the intensive one-week, all-expense-paid professional development program this summer.
A panel of educators from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) selected Mrs. Austin to attend the Academy. The panel based their decision on his/her qualifications, dedication to inspiring students at an early age and his/her overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession.
“Kim Austin is a dedicated teacher,” said Connie Foster, principal of CC Ring Elementary School. “Kim has taken on an active-leadership role on her third-grade team. As the team leader of her third-grade-PLC (Professional Learning Community), Kim collaborates with colleagues to ensure that all third-grade students receive the best education possible. Kim also represents her team on our Ring School Leadership Team and is a member of our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) Team. She is very deserving of this honor and will represent our school well at this Academy. It will be exciting to see what new and exciting learning opportunities she will be able to bring back to our students.”
During the Academy, which is scheduled for July 21-26, 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.
Through www.sendmyteacher.com, teachers from all 50 states had the opportunity to apply for this development opportunity with more than 1,500 teachers applying for the 2012 Academy. Parents and students also nominated their teacher to apply for the opportunity by sending an e-card or printing a teacher appreciation certificate from the site. The application process for the 2014 Academy is now open on www.sendmyteacher.com.
ExxonMobil partnered with Phil and Amy Mickelson, and developed in conjunction with the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions to found the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy in 2005. The Academy is designed to engage students in math and science at an early age engage to retain their interest in these subjects through college and into their careers.
“Amy and I are proud to work with our partners, ExxonMobil, the NSTA and Math Solutions to create a hands-on curriculum for teachers looking to deepen their understanding of math and science,” said PGA golfer Phil Mickelson. “We encourage all teachers to apply for this incredible opportunity so we can continue to inspire students in math and science.”
This year, more than 600 teachers will attend one of the three Academies scheduled in New Jersey, Louisiana and Texas. To date, more than 3,600 teachers have attended the Academy, impacting more than 230,000 students from across the country with the lessons and skills they learned.