Schonberg selected for New Science TeacherAcademy

Schonberg selected for New Science TeacherAcademy

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Experiments such as extracting DNA from a
banana make science class more fun for students
of M.L. King Academy's Brandi Schonberg.

Science lessons are especially engaging and exciting for some M.L. King Academy students this year. As one of 244 educators nationwide and among only 26 in Texas selected a New Science Teacher Academy fellow, their teacher, Brandi Schonberg, is sharing with them the lessons she is learning which are specially designed to pique their interest in this core subject.

"I applied to the NSTA fellowship program because I wanted to learn new ways to inspire my students the way my parents and my own middle and high school teachers inspired me," Schonberg, now in her third year of teaching and her first in SAISD, said.

"I remember the name of almost every science teacher I had because they told science stories instead of simply teaching the subject. I want my students to want to learn.

"Schonberg was selected from hundreds of applicants nationwide.

Through NSTA, she and the others are participating in a yearlong professional development program designed to promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence and improve content knowledge.

The fellows have a comprehensive NSTA membership package, online mentoring with trained professionals who teach in the same discipline and the opportunity to participate in Web-based PD activities and seminars.

Additionally, each fellow will receive financial support to attend the NSTA 2013 National Conference on Science Education to be held here in San Antonio.

Sponsors include the Dow Chemical Co.,the Amgen Foundation, Astellas Pharma US Inc., the American Honda Foundation, the Bayer USA Foundation and Lockheed Martin.