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OHP teacher receives science award

Ohio Hi-Point science teacher, Elizabeth Winer (pictured), was recently announced as a Fellow in the 2012-2013 NSTA New Science Teacher Academy.

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning, worked in collaboration with The Dow Chemical Company, the Amgen Foundation; Astellas Pharma US, Inc.; the American Honda Foundation; the Bayer USA Foundation; and Lockheed Martin, to select 224 science teachers from across the nation to be a part of the prestigious program.

Winer and the Fellows will participate in a year-long professional development program designed to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence and improve teacher content knowledge.

“We’re extremely proud of Liz and her accomplishment,” remarked Caleb Lang, Ohio Hi-Point’s Academic and Student Services Supervisor “Being selected for the Fellowship speaks highly of her and her passion for education and student learning.”

The 2012 Fellows were selected on the basis of several criteria, including showing evidence of a solid science background and displaying a strong interest in growing as a professional science educator.

“We are thrilled to provide these teachers with the resources and support needed to help them feel confident and passionate about the critical work they do in inspiring today’s youth to become tomorrow’s leading STEM professionals,” said Gerry Wheeler, interim executive director, NSTA.

Winer will receive a NSTA membership package, online mentoring with trained mentors who teach in the same discipline, and the opportunity to participate in a variety of web-based professional development activities, including web seminars. In addition, Winer will receive financial support to attend and participate in NSTA’s 2013 National Conference on Science Education in San Antonio.

Launched during the spring of 2007, the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy, co-founded with a grant from the Amgen Foundation, was established to help reduce the high attrition rate in the science teaching profession by providing professional development and mentoring support to early-career science teachers. Since its inception, the Academy has provided high-quality professional development to more than 800 science teachers nationwide.

For a list of the 2012-2013 Fellows or to learn more about the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy, visit www.nsta.org/academy.

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