Sanford was one of only five science teachers from the entire state of Florida chosen for this prestigious academic program. The NSTA New Science Teacher Academy, sponsored by Lockheed Martin and Bayer USA Foundation, is a yearlong program focused on encouraging and supporting early-career science educators.
“I feel pretty special and very lucky to have the opportunity to get critical feedback [from an assigned mentor in Chicago]. If more career changers had opportunities like these they would stay in the teaching field longer,” said Sanford who is in her third year in the classroom after transitioning from her prior career as an Environmental Consultant and Science Researcher.
“We take tremendous pride in this year’s cohort of Fellows,” said Dr. David Evans, NSTA Executive Director. “They are motivated, they are passionate about science, and they are deeply committed to developing their skills as teachers so that they can, not only bolster student achievement, but also better inspire passion for science in their students.”
I feel that HCPS has been very progressive in offering professional development to its teachers and it shows throughout student’s achievements. Sanford is also a graduate of the district's Science and Mathematics Accelerated Readiness for Teaching (SMART) program for career changers. "The NSTA fellowship program is aligned with the support I had the first year. I’m inspired to try new ideas,” said Sanford.
“We believe a strong professional development program is vital to the success of new STEM teachers,” said Brad Fisher, Lockheed Martin’s Director of Community Relations. “We are proud to support NSTA’s New Science Teacher Academy and applaud the fellows’ commitment to educate and inspire our nation’s future scientists and engineers.”
“This program furthers the training that we started with the Science and Mathematics Accelerated Readiness for Teaching (SMART) program and that we brought in people with STEM backgrounds trained them as teachers and this program furthers their ability to educate and help our students love Science and apply it to real life situations,” according to the Supervisor of Professional Development, Scott Richmond. Sanford has found the best of both worlds in her new found profession as a teacher, referring to a subject she loves, and have the flexibility to continue her passion during the summer as a research scientist.
Lockheed Martin and the Bayer USA Foundation are supporting the 35 new science teachers selected as Fellows in the program. Lockheed Martin is funding the participation of 30 science teachers as Lockheed Martin-NSTA Fellows. For more information about the Lockheed Martin-National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) visit http://www.nsta.org/academy/
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