CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Erin Sponaugle, a teacher at Tomahawk Intermediate School in Berkeley County, has been selected to attend the 2009 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J. Sponaugle is one of 200 third- through fifth-grade teachers from around the country selected to attend the one-week, all-expenses paid professional development program July 19-24.
A panel of educators from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Science Teachers Association selected Sponaugle to attend the academy. The panel chose Sponaugle based on her qualifications, dedication to inspiring students at an early age and her overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession.
During the academy, teachers will learn to use experiments that demonstrate various math and science concepts including force, gravity and probability. The academy curriculum works to deepen teachers’ understanding of these principles by conducting hands-on experiments that teachers can share with their students in the classroom.
Last year, the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy launched www.sendmyteacher.com to expand professional development opportunities to teachers nationwide. Since its launch, more than 1,600 teachers from all 50 states have logged onto the interactive Web site to apply for the opportunity.
For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education Communications Office at (304) 558-2699.
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