Belle Chasse natives receive fellowshipsSep 5th, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: news
Kathy Malone and Chris Campbell, both from Belle Chasse, have finished their first year as Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows, and Malone is currently moving on to her second year extension of the fellowship.
The program offers science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers with demonstrated excellence in teaching an opportunity to serve the national public policy arena.
“The experience allows for federal agency personnel to hear from the teaching practitioner,” said Malone.
The fellows who are chosen, go to Washington D.C. to work at various federal government locations and provide practical insight in establishing and operating education programs, and increase the understanding between legislative and executive branches of government, and the education community through their thoughts and experiences. Both locals were stationed at the National Science Foundation (NSF).
“Through this program I have taken away a much better understanding of how to write competitive grants and I’ve learned about all of the cutting edge science curriculum learning projects that are taking place in the country,” said Malone. “I was very grateful to have been chosen for this fellowship, and asked to serve a second year as well.”
As part of her fellowship, Malone also got to conduct her own professional development projects. One of these involved presenting some of her studies at a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Coalition (STEM) conference in Bangkok, Thailand.
The research involved studying the effectiveness of teaching inverted science curriculum. This means that freshmen students would be taught physics, sophomores would be taught chemistry, and juniors would be taught biology—instead of the other way around.
Campbell is currently a middle school teacher at Simsboro School in Simsboro, LA and Malone currently serves on the National Association for Research in Science Teaching’s (NARST) External Policy Committee and on the American Modeling Teachers Association’s Executive Board as secretary.