Longview, Texas (Longview ISD) — Monica Scott-Hawkins, a biology teacher at Longview Global High STEM Academy, is among 200 people nationwide chosen to attend the 2013-14 New Science Teacher Academy.
Hawkins will participate in a host of science-related activities and professional learning opportunities designed to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence and improve teacher content knowledge.
“I came into the position as a first year teacher thinking that the classroom would be like the ones we read about in our (college) textbooks. But it’s not,” Scott-Hawkins said. “This fellowship will not only increase my science knowledge, but will allow me to collaborate with other teachers about improving our real-world classrooms.”
Hawkins, a Longview High School alumna, has taught at Longview Global High STEM Academy since 2012. She and her husband Kevin have a daughter and own Divine Catering, a Longview restaurant.
The association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. Fellowships to the academy were chosen by a collaborative group of representatives Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, America Honda Foundation and the Bayer USA Foundation.
The 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.