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Taylor selected as Albert Einstein Educator Fellows

Kellie Taylor, Emmett, Teacher of Engineering at Galileo Elementary in Eagle selected as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows, making her one of the most accomplished STEM teachers in the country.

Some of the nation’s most accomplished STEM teachers representing ten states will apply classroom experience to federal, congressional and executive branch offices.

Kellie Taylor, Emmett, a K-5 engineering teacher at Galileo STEM Academy in Eagle, has been selected as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows, making her one of the most accomplished STEM teachers in the country. She will join 13 other accomplished K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers from across the US, who have been named 2018-2019 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows, for a year in Washington, D.C. beginning in September. They will spend 11 months serving in a federal agency or U.S. Congressional office in Washington, D.C., engaged in the national STEM education arena.

The 2018-2019 Einstein Fellows are: Brenda Bartlett, Alexandria, Va.; Stephanie Harry, Hampton, Va.; Cheryl Manning, Evergreen, Colo.; Kate McCann, Montpelier, Vt.; Sharon McPherson, Stafford, Va.; Cammie Newmyer, Monte Vista, Colo.; Pascale Pinner, Hilo, HI; Shawn Sheehan, Lewisville, TX; Brian Silver, Honolulu, HI; Rachel Stagner, Portland, Ore.; Michelle Steever, San Jose, Calif.; Kellie Taylor, Emmett, ID.; Andi Webb, Fayetteville, N. C. and Cinde Wirth, Columbus, Ind.

Taylor said, “I am honored and excited to be selected as a 2018-2019 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program with the Library of Congress. As an AEF Fellow, I will have the opportunity to contribute to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education efforts at the Federal level. I will serve my primary appointment at the Library of Congress Educational Outreach/Scholarly and Educational Programs/National and International Outreach. I will learn about the Library of Congress collections that relate to science, and about the science being done at the Library in order to 1) contribute to the development of classroom materials for the Teachers page of the Library of Congress website, write for publications, and contribute to social media efforts; 2) develop and deliver professional development to educators at the Library and in other venues, e.g. conferences, with peer institutions, and online; 3) visit and observe classrooms and schools where teachers are using the Library’s resources; 4) give presentations to a variety of groups in and outside of the Library to raise the visibility of the Library’s programs for K-12 education and how other Library divisions and programs can successfully reach and serve this audience; and 5) participate in planning efforts related to possible maker spaces within the Library.”

The Einstein Fellows teachers come from K-12 schools across the country and represent diverse teaching backgrounds—with expertise in computer science, engineering, science and mathematics. Federal agencies and U.S. Congressional Offices will benefit from fellows’ real-world experiences as educators. In return, Einstein Fellows will gain understanding of the role of the Federal Government in the U.S. education enterprise, knowledge of resources available to students and educators, and broader perspectives on national education issues that can be applied to the classroom or to leadership positions in their districts or elsewhere.

The AEF Program, now in its 28th year of operation, is managed by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists in collaboration with the sponsoring agencies and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.

Current sponsoring agencies of the AEF Program include DOE, the National Science Foundation, the Library of Congress, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. In addition to sponsoring placements at DOE headquarters, DOE sponsors five placements in U.S. Congressional offices.

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