Upland Teacher Selected for National Fellowship
Heather Iovine One of 11 Pennsylvania Teachers Chosen for NSTA Science Teacher Fellowship
Heather Iovine, a biology and science teacher at Upland for the past three years, has been selected from a group of hundreds of middle and secondary school teachers nationwide for the prestigious NSTA New Science Teacher Academy by the National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA). The NSTA is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning. The program is sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company, Bayer USA Foundation, Lockheed Martin and the American Honda Foundation with the goal of facilitating and encouraging STEM programs and excellence in science teaching. Iovine is one of just 11 teachers from Pennsylvania selected for the Fellowship.
As one of the national Fellows, Iovine will participate in a year-long professional development program designed to help promote quality science and STEM teaching, enhance classroom excellence and improve teacher content knowledge, according to the NSTS.
“We are thrilled to provide these teachers with the resources and support to help them feel confident and passionate about the critical work they do in inspiring today’s youth to become tomorrow’s STEM professionals,” said Gerry Wheeler, executive director, NSTA.
“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 and sponsor of the Fellowship.
Iovine was selected as a 2013 Fellow based on several criteria, including demonstrating a solid science background, innovation in teaching and passion for science and STEM programing, and displaying a strong interest in growing as a professional science educator. Iovine has a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Resources Management and teaching certification from West Chester University. She is also participating in the national e-Mentoring for Student Success (eMSS) program that provides a nationwide online mentoring program linking math and science teachers with a rich network of online support from veteran teachers.
Launched during the spring of 2007, the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy has provided high-quality professional development to more than 800 science teachers nationwide. The NSTA’s current membership includes approximately 60,000 science teachers, supervisors, scientists, business and industry representatives and other involved in science education.