Local Teachers sent to Teachers Academy
by Franklin Clark -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Apr 08, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two fourth grade teachers at the Trigg County Intermediate School, Amy Carneyhan and Lisa Stevens, have been selected to attend the 2009 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, held July 19 – 24 at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J.

According to a release by Trigg County School Administrative Secretary Eileen Kehrwald, Carneyhan and Stevens will join 200 third, fourth and fifth graders of a one-week, all-expense paid professional development seminar that is designed to help them improve their skills in teaching mathematics and science in the classroom.

The two Trigg teachers applied to attend the academy last year by visiting its web site after they were nominated by Trigg County Intermediate School Principal Brian Futrell, who had nothing but good things to say about both teachers.

Carneyhan, who is completing her fifth year at TCIS, is currently working on her National Board Teaching Certification, and enjoys teaching children, said Futrell. “Carneyhan has a knack for teaching … the kids really love being in her classroom,” Futrell said.

Stevens, who is completing her fourth year at TCIS, is a Thoughtful Education Teacher Leader at the school, and uses research-based teaching strategies in her classroom, and takes advantage of technology in her lesson plans, according to Futrell.

“Stevens is really good at bringing out the best in her students,” said Futrell.” She has very high expectations in her classroom and her students accept the challenge to meet her expectations.”

Approximately 1,600 teachers from every state in the country applied, and a panel of educators from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, or NCTM, and the National Science Teachers Association, or NSTA, reviewed every application and chose the teachers they thought were most qualified, said Kehrwald.

During the academy, teachers will look at different ways to demonstrate mathematical and scientific concepts such as force, gravity, and probability, and the curriculum will help teachers better understand the subjects at hand by way of hands-on experiments, Kehrwald said.

ExxonMobil partnered with Phil Mickelson, PGA golfer, Amy Mickelson, the NCTM and the NSTA to found the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, a program built to help teachers engage students in the subjects of math and science in 2005.

“We are thrilled that the Academy received such an overwhelming response from teachers seeking to enhance their understanding in math and science education,” said Mickelson.

Teachers that attend the academy have the option of getting college credit for the training they receive, could be eligible for financial assistance to attend NSTA and NCTM annual meetings, and will also earn one-year memberships to both the NSTA and NCTM, said an academy press release.

More information on the program can be found at http://www.sendmyteacher.com.
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