Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Teacher Appreciation Week - National Science Foundation

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I received this letter from the Program Director from National Science Foundation (NSF) to distribute to the teachers I work with or have worked with over the years with funding from the NSF. NSF has helped and made possible such projects as UTeach Engineering, the STEM Education Center, NOYCE Grants, UTeach Natural Sciences, UTeach Computer Science, Beyond Blackboards, VaNTH ERC as well as other projects I have been involved with as an Advisory Board member or to assist with internal/external evaluation. To all those teachers--- the NSF recognizes the many wonderful STEM teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.

Dear Dr. Petrosino MSP PI,

During this particular week, we want to acknowledge and celebrate the amazing commitment and profound work of STEM teachers with whom you work or have worked.

Therefore, we strongly encourage you to share this letter, from the Assistant Director of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources here at the National Science Foundation, Joan Ferrini-Mundy, with every teacher of STEM content, elementary, middle or high school, with whom you have or are working, especially those that have been engaged at any time in the Math and Science Partnership effort.

Feel free to e-mail the letter or hand-deliver it if you have the opportunity.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to recognize this wonderful pool of dedicated STEM teachers.

I also want to commend you for the significant contribution you are making and have made in providing outstanding STEM teachers to classrooms across the United States.

All the best,


Program Director
Division of Undergraduate Education
National Science Foundation
Suite 865
4201 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA  22230
Direct 703-292-5171
Fax 703-292-9322

Our youth should not be shackled by limiting adult perceptions of their potential, but rather adults should ensure that our youth own the mathematical and scientific knowledge, dispositions and skills that will allow them to explore the post-secondary options of their choosing, in the near and long-term.  It's about preparation, opportunity, and options for all.  -K Bergin