Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Summer Camp for Teachers

Five district elementary teachers were chosen for the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy recently. Five teachers from several elementary schools in Spring Branch ISD headed to the Woodlands Resort for the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy earlier this summer.

The district-chosen math and science teachers from grades three to five spent June 17-22 learning new ways to maximize the futures for their students. The five teachers selected for the academy included: Courtney Noonan, Shadow Oaks Elementary (team leader) Meredith Duffey-Dixon, Meadow Wood Elementary Malissa Downham, Frostwood Elementary Tiera Pennix, Ridgecrest Elementary Christine Englund, Terrace Elementary The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy focuses on increasing student interest in both the science and mathematical fields as possible future career paths. Academy teachers developed a better understanding of how their students transfer information learned in the classroom to everyday life.

The Academy also aids in creating new ideas for teaching methods and strategies that will help students understand science and math material better while continuing to enjoy their learning experiences. Math and science experts from the National Science Teachers Association and the group Math Solutions instruct the teachers at the Academy. Pro golfer Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy, started the Academy.

The Mickelsons worked with ExxonMobil to create a special learning environment for teachers. To learn more about this one-of-a-kind summer program, please visit http://www.sendmyteacher.com/index.html. Stratford High student intern Kali Venable compiled this report.


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