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Bayer Awards $200,000 to National Science Teachers Association to Nurture Early-Career Science Teachers
Date:3/9/2009

n a national priority and retain teachers.

The first class of Bayer-NSTA Fellows was selected from more than 800 applicants around the country. They include:

  • Jill Bergan, Martin Luther King Middle School, Berkeley, Calif.
  • Alexis Book, The Neighborhood Academy, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Stacey Straub, The Neighborhood Academy, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Samantha Carpenter, Durant Road Middle School, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Sherry Hansen, Oregon Trail Junior High, Olathe, Kan.
  • James Pastorius, Frelinghuysen Middle School, Morristown, N.J.
  • Arshunda Washington, Alief Taylor High School, Houston, Texas
  • Melissa Alexander, South Ripley Junior/Senior High School, Versailles, Ind.
  • Sue Ellen Beek, Jefferson City High School, Jefferson City, Mo.
  • Renee Haines, Martinsburg High School, Martinsburg, W.Va.

"As a company with a long history of helping to strengthen U.S. science education, Bayer is acutely aware that two of the highest need K-12 teaching areas are in math and science. We must continue to find ways to attract and retain the best and brightest math and science teachers if we expect our students to compete with their global peers," said Greg Babe, President and CEO of Bayer Corporation, and Chairman and President of the Bayer USA Foundation.

"Quality science teachers must have a firm command of the content they are teaching and have access to meaningful, ongoing professional development opportunities," said Francis Eberle, Executive Director, NSTA. "The NSTA New Science Teacher Academy meets these needs by giving early-career science teachers the opportunity to learn and grow professionally, and by giving them the tools and resources necessary to not only succeed in the classroom, but make science come alive for their students."


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