ARLINGTON, Va.—September 19, 2016—The National Science Teachers Association, in partnership with Lockheed Martin, announced that 10 out of the 30 science teachers chosen as Lockheed Martin-NSTA Fellows in the 2016-2017 NSTA New Science Teacher Academy are from Texas. The Fellows (listed below) will participate in a host of science-related activities and professional learning opportunities.
Lockheed Martin-NSTA Fellows:
• Brian Abramowitz, Uplift Luna High School, Dallas, Texas
• Francesca Bissman, International Leadership of Texas Garland High School, Garland, Texas
• Kimberly Bruch, Kealing Middle School, Austin, Texas
• Justin Hooten, MacArthur Senior High School, Houston, Texas
• Kendall Hughes, YES Prep Southside, Houston, Texas
• Kelly Kaleta, Westside High School, Houston, Texas
• Marla Menchaca, Cedar Valley Middle School, Austin, Texas
• Megan Rech, YES Prep Hoffman, Houston, Texas
• Emily Vanderpool, New Home Junior High/ High School, New Home, Texas
• Erin Wise, West Memorial Junior High School, Katy, Texas
“We take tremendous pride in this year’s cohort of Fellows,” said Dr. David Evans, NSTA Executive Director. “They are motivated, they are passionate about science, and they are deeply committed to developing their skills as teachers so that they can, not only bolster student achievement, but also better inspire passion for science in their students.”
“We believe a strong professional development program is vital to the success of new STEM teachers,” said Brad Fisher, Lockheed Martin’s Director of Community Relations. “We are proud to support NSTA’s New Science Teacher Academy and applaud the fellows’ commitment to educate and inspire our nation’s future scientists and engineers.”
This year, Lockheed Martin and the Bayer USA Foundation are supporting the 35 new science teachers selected as Fellows in the program. Lockheed Martin is funding the participation of 30 science teachers as Lockheed Martin-NSTA Fellows, while the Bayer USA Foundation is sponsoring Bayer-NSTA Fellowships for five New Jersey-based science teachers.
The Lockheed Martin-NSTA Fellows were selected on the basis of criteria, including showing evidence of a solid science background and displaying a strong interest in growing as a professional science educator. During their fellowship, recipients will receive:
• A discipline-specific mentor;
• Access to a facilitated web-based curriculum devoted to content and classroom pedagogy;
• An opportunity to participate in a variety of web-based professional learning activities, including a specially designated online learning community;
• Financial support to attend the NSTA 2016 National Conference on Science Education in Los Angeles; and
• A comprehensive NSTA membership package.
About the New Science Teachers Academy
Launched during the spring of 2007, the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy was designed to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge. Since its inception, the Academy has provided high-quality professional learning opportunities to 1,300 science teachers nationwide.
For a list of the 2016-2017 Fellows or to learn more about the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy, visit www.nsta.org/academy.
About the National Science Teachers Association
The Arlington, Virginia-based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning, preschool through college. NSTA’s membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business representatives, and others involved in science education.
About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 98,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.