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Astellas and The National Science Teachers Association Announce 2009 Class of Local Science Educators
Date:9/21/2009

DEERFIELD, Ill., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Astellas Pharma US, Inc. ("Astellas"), in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), is pleased to welcome its second-year class of Chicago-area science teachers to participate in the 2009 NSTA New Science Teacher Academy. The national, year-long program connects new science teachers to a range of tools and resources, while providing the support needed to build a strong foundation for science in their classrooms. The 2009 Astellas-sponsored science teachers, known as Astellas-NSTA Fellows, include 15 new science educators from middle and high schools in Chicago and the surrounding Cook, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Tazewell counties.

"As a young science teacher I've found that juggling my responsibilities, while at the same time instilling in students an interest in science, can be a daunting task," said Alex Mendralla, an eighth grade teacher at Palombi Middle School in Lake Villa, IL. "I am extremely excited to be a part of an amazing program that understands those struggles and offers solutions to the various frustrations that new science educators encounter."

Headquartered in Deerfield, IL, Astellas' support of the NSTA and the New Science Teacher Academy is one of the key initiatives the company is undertaking to support the local community and the advancement of science in the classroom.

"Science is not only the foundation of our business, it's our passion. A renewed and continued interest in the field -- particularly among our youth -- is what will keep fresh ideas and innovation moving forward," said Seigo Kashii, president and CEO of Astellas Pharma US, Inc. "Our ongoing commitment to the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy reflects our overall goal of fostering the advancement of, and inspiration in, science careers -- jobs that are pertinent in building a brighter future for us all."


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