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Local science teacher selected for fellowship

April 14, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va. — A teacher at Highland View Academy in Hagerstown is among 27 science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, educators who were selected for the 2013-14 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program, according to the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education.

Ophelia Barizo will serve at the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Engineering, Emerging Frontiers in Research Innovation Division, under the guidance of Rosemarie Wesson.

Selected educators will serve in Washington, D.C., for 11 months, beginning Sept. 1, at sponsoring federal agencies, which include the Department of Energy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation. Einstein Fellows provide practical classroom insight in guiding education programs and policies, especially those related to STEM education.

Founded in 1990, the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program is a paid fellowship for  STEM educators working with students in grades kindergarten to 12 with demonstrated excellence in teaching. Fellowships aim to increase understanding, communication and cooperation between the legislative and executive branches of the government and the STEM education community.

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The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Act, authorized by Congress in 1994, gave the Department of Energy federal responsibility for the program. The Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education administers the program for the DOE’s Office of Science in partnership with the other participating federal agencies.

The 2013-14 Einstein Fellows were selected through an application and interview process from a competitive, nationwide pool of nearly 200 applicants. Of the 27 fellows in the 2013-14 cohort, five are returning fellows invited to serve for a second year in their sponsoring agencies.

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