Dow Chemical's Smithsonian Teachers

Dow Chemical's Smithsonian Teachers
Posted on 10/04/2017
This is the image for the news article titled Dow Chemical's Smithsonian TeachersThirty Eight science teachers from across the country were selected to be a part of Dow Chemical's Smithsonian Teacher Scholar Program this summer, and four of our own BISD educators made the cut.  Irenna Garapetian, AP Beutel; Joni Markgraf, Griffith; Javier Montiel, Fleming and Jennifer Nicholas, Rasco, each attended one of the three six-day programs designed to help teachers develop skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Meteorites CollageThe BISD 2017 Dow-CH2M Smithsonian Teacher Scholar Program participants attended the weeklong Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers (SSEATs) in Washington, D.C.  In the science academies, the four BISD teachers had the opportunity "to learn directly from scientists, and go behind the scenes at Smithsonian Museums and Research Centers," said Amy D'Amico, director of professional services at the Smithsonian Science Education Center.

With the support of the Dow STEM Ambassador program, these selected BISD educators will continue now on a year-long growth experience tailored to expanding science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) excellence in their classrooms and across the district.

“We’re excited to build upon our aligned Global Citizenship strategies with Dow and the Smithsonian Science Education Center to provide this unique opportunity to deserving teachers in our local communities,” said Ellen Sandberg, Executive Director, CH2M Foundation.“ This program demonstrates to our educators that they are highly valued and critical to the success of our students, while encouraging young people to pursue science and engineering careers."

According to information from Dow, "STEM Ambassadors support teachers and inspire students by providing real life examples to make challenging concepts easier to understand, while incorporating a strong focus on sharing exciting opportunities available through pursuing STEM careers."

Joni Markgraf expressed the sentiment of all the participants when she said, “Thank you BISD for partnering with DOW and giving the teachers the opportunity of a lifetime. I will never forget this experience.”

Congratulations to Irenna, Joni, Javier and Jennifer!


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