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Former Kecoughtan High School chemistry teacher selected for Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Stephanie Harry, who served Hampton City Schools for 22 years as a chemistry teacher at Kecoughtan and Bethel High School, is currently serving as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National Science Foundation in Alexandria, VA.
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend eleven months working in Federal agencies or in U.S. Congressional offices, applying their extensive knowledge and classroom experiences to national education program and/or education policy efforts. At the end of the Fellowship, educators are prepared to return home, equipped with access to a national network of education leaders and programs, a better understanding of the challenges and possibilities in STEM education, and a renewed passion for teaching, ready to make significant contributions to their school and school district.
In addition to teaching, Harry has served as a chemistry curriculum writer, a U.S. Army eCybermission Virtual judge, an assessment reviewer for National Board Professional Teaching Standards, and an assessment reviewer for the Virginia Standards of Learning.
Harry said, “I would like to thank Hampton City Schools for helping to mold me, and prepare me for this awesome opportunity. I know my time and experience with Hampton City Schools has prepared and helped me in being selected for this new journey. I plan to continue in my efforts to make Hampton City Schools proud to have employed me as one of their educators.”
As Harry’s internship winds down, ending July 31, 2019, Superintendent Dr. Jeffery Smith received a letter from Janet Tyler, program manager for the Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy. The letter thanked HCS for allowing Harry to serve as an outstanding representative from our district.
Tyler also shared that during the Fellowship, Harry was a collaborative member of the Excellence Awards in Science and Engineering (EASE) team where she assisted with the administration of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) and the Presidential Award for Excellence in
Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She contributed to these efforts by designing and presenting training webinars for PAEMST state coordinators. Harry was instrumental in developing the agenda and event activities for the National State Coordinators Meeting. She crafted questions and hosted PAEMST applicant webinars and has assisted in recruitment events for PAEMST and PAESMEM. In addition, she has prepared video to create outreach for EASE awards and is assisting in completing a compendium chronicling over 35 years of the PAEMST award. Harry has also worked with a team to develop a new program logic model for EASE and generated and reviewed materials for application cycles for both awards.
Harry has developed as a leader as she continues to contribute to STEM
education. She serves as the regional representative for the American Association for Chemistry Teachers (AACT). She submitted her revised peer reviewed manuscript, “My Favorited Demonstrations for Teaching Chemical Reactions,” to be published in the AACT periodical titled “Chemistry Solutions.” She presented at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) national conference and at the Virginia Association of Chemistry Teachers (VAST). Harry also served as a reviewer for the new chemistry curriculum framework that is being developed by the Virginia Department of Education. In an effort to improve on her diversity as an educator, she is currently taking classes to learn American Sign Language (ASL).
Hampton City Schools is proud be represented by Stephanie Harry in her capacity in the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program.
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