Allason Zenner, a third grade teacher at Prairie Elementary has been selected to attend the 2012 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J. Allason is one of 200 third- through fifth-grade teachers from around the country selected to attend the intensive one-week, all-expense paid professional development program this summer. Allason was selected from more than 1,000 teachers nationwide and she is one of five teachers in Idaho to receive this recognition.
A panel of educators from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) selected Allason to attend the Academy. The panel based their decision on her qualifications and dedication to the teaching profession. Allason has been a teacher in the Cottonwood School district since the fall of 1984.
During the Academy, which is scheduled for July 22-27, teachers discover new ways to excite students using 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 they can share with their students in the classroom.
ExxonMobil partnered with Phil and Amy Mickelson, and developed in conjunction with the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions to found the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy in 2005. The Academy is designed to engage students in math and science at an early age; engage students to retain their interest in these subjects through college and into their careers.
Allason is excited to go to the conference and is looking forward to sharing what she learns this summer with her students and co-workers next year.