College of Education’s Au-Yeung Named Fellow of New Science Teacher Academy

Monica Au-Yeung, a teaching fellow in the College of Education’s National Science Foundation’s Noyce Foundation project, has been named a 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 in Van Nuys, Calif., Au-Yeung is among 200 teachers nationwide selected as NSTA fellows from more than 1,000 applicants. She completed her student teaching at the Springfield Renaissance School and received a master’s degree from the College of Education in 2013.

NSTA fellows must show evidence of a solid science background and display a strong interest in growing as a science educator. Each receives online training with mentors who teach in the same discipline, opportunities to participate in professional development activities, and financial support to participate in NSTA’s 2014 National Conference on Science Education in Boston.

The Noyce Foundation project is designed to help STEM teachers 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, which serves New Salem, Orange, Petersham, and Wendell, and the Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst.