Two of the School of Education’s CU Teach class of 2014 alumni, Eric Rasmussen, MA (Biology), and Rosemary Wulf (Physics) have been awarded prestigious five-year fellowships from the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF). Only 32 fellowships were given out nationwide this year, and Rosemary and Eric make a total of 8 graduates of the CU Teach program that have received KSTF Fellowships since 2009.
KSTF Teaching Fellowships are competitively awarded to the most promising teacher candidates nationwide in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Fellowship recipients must demonstrate “the potential to develop the content knowledge needed for teaching, the potential to develop exemplary teaching practices, and the potential to develop the qualities of a teacher leader.”
Acccording to KSTF, “Once selected, fellows focus on growth in these areas over the three phases of the program (through) annual meetings (three per year), membership in a professional organization, one-on-one work with a KSTF program officer for teacher development, and participation in an online community.”
As shared in the KSTF press release:
Eric is committed to teaching science to high school students in the United States. Reared in Arvada, Colorado by Jay and Lisa Rasmussen, Eric graduated from Ralston Valley High School in 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in ecology and evolutionary biology and a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from CU Boulder. This fall, Eric will begin his first year of teaching at Silver Creek High School, located in Longmont, Colorado.
Rosemary is also committed to teaching secondary science in the U.S. Reared in Fort Collins, Colorado by Lloyd Wulf and Barbara Ostwald, Rosemary graduated from Rocky Mountain High School in 2006. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in physics from CUBoulder. This fall, Rosemary will begin her first year of teaching at Thornton High School, located in Thornton, Colorado.
KSTF Teaching Fellows are eligible to receive approximately $50,000 in available grants to support their first five years of teaching, including leadership grants, teaching materials grants, summer stipends, and a National Board Certification grant. Teachers completing the five-year fellowship become Senior Fellows that remain actively involved with KSTF.