Western Sierra teacher selected for New Teacher Science Academy

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The National Science Teachers Association has announced Western Sierra Collegiate Academy science teacher Beth Dixon as a Dow Chemical Fellow for the 2013 New Science Teacher Academy.

Dixon is one of 244 teachers nationwide selected for the year-long professional development program and the only educator selected from the greater South Placer County area. NSTA fellowships are designed to promote quality science instruction and enhance student learning.

“Dow believes the future of successful STEM-related careers for our youth is heavily influenced by passionate science teachers who are encouraged and mentored in their profession,” said Bo Miller, president of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation. “The New Science Teacher Academy engages early career teachers in an impactful way and Dow is proud to support them as they develop their teaching skills.”

The 2012 fellows were selected on the basis of several criteria, including showing evidence of a solid science background and displaying a strong interest in growing as a professional science educator. Each fellow will receive a comprehensive NSTA membership package, online mentoring with trained mentors who teach in the same discipline and the opportunity to participate in a variety of Web-based professional development activities, including Web seminars. In addition, each fellow will receive financial support to attend and participate in NSTA’s 2013 National Conference on Science Education in San Antonio.

In August 2009, the founders of the Rocklin Academy Family of Charter Schools opened Western Sierra Collegiate Academy in Rocklin, offering college preparatory classes open to all students. Western Sierra is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and currently serves students in sixth through 12th grade. The Arlington, Va.-based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes about 60,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.##