For Immediate Release

Bayer and National Science Teachers Association Name 2011 Science Teaching Fellows

Pittsburgh, November 15, 2010 – Bayer Corporation and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) today announced the newest class of Bayer-NSTA Fellows to attend the 2011 NSTA New Science Teacher Academy.

The 10 new fellows are all early-career middle and high school science teachers. They hail from seven states where Bayer has operations and local Making Science Make Sense® programs. The teachers include:

    Kathryn Cohen, Magnolia Science Academy, Moorpark, Calif.
    Markie Daniel, Calabasas High, Woodland Hills, Calif.
    Alexander Koning, Kenneth Henderson Middle School, Garden City, Kan.
    Megan Yemm, McCluer South-Berkeley High School, Crestwood, Mo.
    Ashley Schmitz, Linn Junior/Senior High School, Holts Summit, Mo.
    Stephen Colbert, Wake Early College of Health and Sciences, Raleigh, N.C.
    Kunal Sindhu, Lady Liberty Academy Charter School, Newark, N.J.
    Nicolas Tutolo, Helen Thackston Charter School, York, Pa.
    Justin Winters, Wyoming Area Secondary Center, Scranton, Pa.
    Stacey Kemp, Cabell Midland High School, Barboursville, W.Va.

The Bayer-NSTA Fellows program was established in 2008 through a $200,000 grant from the Bayer USA Foundation. It created three annual classes of Fellows and expanded the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy.

At the academy, the Bayer-NSTA Fellows will participate in a year-long program established to help reduce the high attrition rate in the science teaching profession by providing professional development and mentoring support to science teachers in their first few years of teaching. The academy, which focuses on both content and pedagogy, provides a variety of resources and tools to the Fellows to help them teach more effectively in the classroom.

“A firm grounding in the sciences is important for all American students. That can only happen if their teachers are well trained to teach science subjects,” said Rebecca Lucore, executive director of the Bayer USA Foundation and manager of Making Science Make Sense, Bayer Corporation's national, award-winning science literacy initiative. “We congratulate this year’s fellows and believe they will find the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy extremely valuable in sharpening their classroom skills.”

The 2011 Bayer-NSTA Fellows are among 48 new science teachers from 28 states selected to attend the Academy. The Fellows, chosen from hundreds of applicants nationwide, showed evidence of a solid science background and displayed a strong interest in growing as science educators.

“Each of the fellows has conveyed a strong desire to develop their skills as teachers so that they can better foster their students’ interest in science,” said NSTA Executive Director Francis Eberle. “We are very proud of this year’s group of Fellows and are grateful for their commitment to science education and to their students.”

The 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. They also will receive financial support to attend NSTA’s 2011 National Conference on Science Education in San Francisco.

The NSTA New Science Teacher Academy is a component of the John Glenn Center for Science Education campaign, a five-year, $43 million national effort to make excellence in science teaching and learning a reality for all U.S. students. The program is one of the most significant ever undertaken by NSTA. It funds a body of forward-thinking programs and a state-of-the-art facility designed to promote leadership, learning and science education advocacy.

Since its launch in the spring of 2007, the Academy has provided high-quality professional development to nearly 600 science teachers in the U.S. Other sponsors include the Amgen Foundation, Astellas Pharma US, Inc. and ServiceMaster.

 

About NSTA
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association (www.nsta.org) is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes approximately 60,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.

About Bayer Corporation and Making Science Make Sense
Bayer Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is a subsidiary of Bayer AG, an international health care, nutrition and high-tech materials group based in Leverkusen, Germany. The company’s products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time Bayer creates value through innovation, growth and high earning power. The Corporation is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its role as a socially and ethically responsible corporate citizen. Economy, ecology and social responsibility are corporate policy objectives of equal rank. In North America, Bayer had 2009 net sales of approximately 7.7 billion euros (about $10.7 billion) and employed 16,300 at year end. For more information, go to www.bayerus.com.
Formalized in 1995, Making Science Make Sense is Bayer’s Presidential award-winning initiative that advances science literacy across the United States through hands-on, inquiry-based science learning, employee volunteerism and a national public education campaign led by astronaut, scientist and educator, Dr. Mae C. Jemison.

About the Bayer USA Foundation
The Bayer USA Foundation is an endowed 501(c)(3) entity and is the primary source of Bayer Corporation’s philanthropy in the United States.  With a programmatic focus on the environment and sustainability; education and workforce development; arts and culture; and health and human services, the foundation creates and supports organizations that improve communities in which Bayer employees live and work, as well as society at large.  The Bayer USA Foundation is one of three Bayer corporate foundations worldwide, including the Bayer Science & Education Foundation and the Bayer Cares Foundation.
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