NSTA, in partnership with the Amgen Foundation; Agilent Technologies Foundation, Astellas Pharma US, Inc. (“Astellas”); and Bayer Corporation announced that 185 middle and secondary science teachers from across the country will take part as Fellows in the 2009 NSTA New Science Teacher Academy.
Selected from hundreds of applications nationwide, the Fellows will participate in a yearlong professional development program designed to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge.
Representing 47 states, the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the 2009 Fellows will receive a comprehensive 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, each fellow will receive financial support to attend and participate in NSTA’s 2010 National Conference on Science Education in Philadelphia.
When asked to comment on his selection to this program, Barris said, “I thought participating in the program would be a way to make me a better science teacher and allow me to get ideas from great science teachers across the nation. I want to learn how to make physics come alive for my students and how to get them interested in learning. I became a science teacher because I thought it was important that the students learn about science and how things work. What I like the most is when a student finally ‘gets’ a concept and its significance and says, ‘That’s cool.’ My biggest challenge is in knowing how to catch my students’ interest and how to get them to realize that a good knowledge of science can open the door to lots of opportunities.”
Beeville ISD is proud of Barris and looks forward to learning more about his accomplishments in this program. For more information on the program go to http://www.nsta.org/academy/default.aspx.