Jessica Schenck, a fifth grade teacher at Chief Kamiakin Elementary School in Sunnyside, has been selected to attend the 2009 Mickelson-ExxonMobil Teachers Academy at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J.
Schenck is one of only 200 teachers from across the country to be selected to attend the intensive one-week, all-expenses paid professional development program this summer.
A panel of educators from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Science Teachers Association selected her to attend the academy. The panel based its decision on her qualifications, dedication to inspiring students at an early age and her overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession.
During the academy, scheduled for July 19-24, teachers will discover new ways to excite students using experiments that demonstrate various math and science concepts. These will include force, gravity and probability. The academy curriculum works to deepen teachers' understanding of these principles by conducting hands-on experiments that teachers can share with their students in the classroom.
This was the second major honor for Schenck in as many months. In March, she was awarded a $10,000 Qwest Foundation Learning Technologies grant for her classroom.
ExxonMobil partnered with professional golfer Phil Mickelson and his wife Amy, 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 to engage and retain their interest in these subjects through college and into their careers.