Congratulations to new MKA Middle School Science Teacher, Julie Kim, who is one of only four teachers in New Jersey, and one of 244 science teachers nationwide, selected to be a Fellow in the 2012-13 New Science Teacher Academy by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.
Kim, who teaches 5th grade science at MKA, received her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and her master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and during her studies, was awarded the Amherst College Fellowship for Graduate Study and the Robert Noyce Fellowship for Science Teachers.
Selected from hundreds of applicants nationwide, Kim demonstrated evidence of a solid science background and a strong interest in growing as a professional science educator. As a Fellow, she will participate in a year-long professional development program designed to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence and improve content knowledge. Highlights of the Fellowship include online mentoring with trained mentors, the opportunity to participate in a variety of web-based professional development activities and the financial support to attend and participate in NSTA’s 2013 National Conference on Science Education in San Antonio.
“Dow believes the future of successful STEM related careers for our youth is heavily influenced by passionate science teachers who are encouraged and mentored in their profession,” said Bo Miller, president of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation. “The New Science Teacher Academy engages early career teachers in an impactful way and Dow is proud to support them as they develop their teaching skills.”