Monica Au-Yeung (M.Ed. 2013), a teaching fellow in the College of Education’s National Science Foundation’s NOYCE Foundation project, has been named a 2013-2014 Fellow of the Dow-National Science Teachers Association’s (NSTA) New Science Teacher Academy, a yearlong program focused on encouraging and supporting early-career science educators.
A teacher at The Charter High School for Arts, Performing and Multimedia (CHAMPS), Van Nuys, CA, Au-Yeung, is among 200 teachers nation-wide selected as NSTA Fellows from more than 1000 applicants.
NSTA Fellows are selected on the basis of several criteria, including showing evidence of a solid science background and displaying a strong interest in growing as a professional science educator. Each Fellow receives online training with mentors who teach in the same discipline, opportunities to participate in professional development activities, and financial support to attend and participate in NSTA’s 2014 National Conference on Science Education in Boston. The National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning.
The College of Education’s NOYCE Foundation project, “Supporting STEM Teaching and Learning through Communities (S2TLC),” is designed to increase the pipeline of STEM teachers who seek to improve student engagement and achievement. It is a collaboration of faculty in UMass Amherst Colleges of Education, Natural Sciences, and Engineering; Springfield, Holyoke and Greenfield public schools; the Mahar Regional School District; and the Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst.