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Magnolia ISD Teachers Invited to Mickelson ExxonMobil Teacher Academy

Dion Rivera from Smith Elementary, Angela Vasquez from Lyon Elementary and John Novosad from Bear Branch Elementary were selected to attend the academy. Director of Science Laurel Frank attended some of the sessions with the teachers. She stated, “The teachers have learned content, discovered teaching strategies, and made professional connections that will make them even more effective in their classrooms. The entire event was quality from beginning to end.”

Approximately 150 teachers from across the country and the world including Australia and Qatar were invited to attend the week long, intense program. The Academy was started by professional golfer Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy. They wanted to create a special professional development environment where teachers could discover new ways to enhance their math and science skills.

The Academy focuses on professional development for teachers of grades 3-5 in the areas of math and science. Teachers are taught by other teachers through the National Science Teacher Association and National Council of Teachers of Math. Since 2005, more than 4,500 teachers from around the country have participated in the Academy impacting over 300,000 students.

The MISD teachers are excited to share their knowledge and experience with their peers and share best practices in teaching and learning. Ms. Rivera stated, “I am excited to implement some of the new strategies and engagement activities in my classroom.”