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Mary Elizabeth McKnight of Lexington Traditional Magnet School is among six Kentucky educators chosen for the New Science Teacher Academy, organized by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Nationwide, 244 teachers were selected as fellows for 2012-2013. They will participate in a year-long professional development program designed to promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence, and improve content knowledge.
McKnight, a Lexington native, earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., and a Master of Education at the University of Kentucky. She is in her third year teaching in Fayette County Public Schools, all at LTMS.
“This is a great time to be a science teacher with the Next Generation science standards coming out and our curriculum moving toward more real-life, problem-solving science. Science is such a fun subject to teach because there are so many hands-on activities and demonstrations that answer natural phenomena to which children are innately curious. I have learned that if I’m excited about it, then my students will be excited about it as well,” said McKnight, who teaches sixth-graders.
The fellows will receive a comprehensive NSTA membership package, online mentoring with trained professionals who teach in the same discipline, and the opportunity to participate in Web-based PD activities and seminars. In addition, each fellow will receive financial support to attend NSTA’s 2013 National Conference on Science Education in San Antonio. Sponsors include the Dow Chemical Co., the Amgen Foundation, Astellas Pharma US Inc., the American Honda Foundation, the Bayer USA Foundation and Lockheed Martin.
Other Kentucky teachers selected:
Matthew Ignash, Southern High School, Louisville
Hallie Muncy, South Middle School, Henderson
Susanne Poteet-Berndt, Moore Traditional High School, Louisville
Jonathan Rogers, Bardstown Middle School, Bardstown
Amie Weckenbrock, Beechwood High School, Fort Mitchell