Mechanicsville Teacher Selected to Attend National Mickelson Exxonmobil Teachers Academy

MECHANICSVILLE, Md. (April 13, 2010) - The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy recently selected Ms. Elizabeth Savage, a fourth grade teacher at Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary School, located in Mechanicsville, and 199 other elementary school teachers from across the country to learn innovative new math and science teaching skills at three academies to be held this summer.

The selection of the teachers from applications submitted at marks the second year that teachers from all 50 states have been chosen to participate in the five-year-old professional development program.

The academy is an intensive one-week, all-expense paid professional development program designed to provide teachers with innovative math and science teaching skills. The participants were selected by a panel of educators from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Science Teachers Association based on their qualifications, dedication to inspiring students at an early age and overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession.

"We're excited to announce the selection of the teachers and encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive response we have received from academy graduates," said Phil Mickelson, professional golfer and the 2010 Masters winner. "Working with ExxonMobil, we designed the academy to be an exciting learning experience that will provide more teachers with tools to inspire students in these critical areas."

In 2005, ExxonMobil partnered with Mickelson and his wife, Amy, the teachers association and Math Solutions to launch the program, which has hosted more than 2,000 teachers at one of the three annual academies, which will be held this summer in New Jersey, Texas and Louisiana.

The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is part of ExxonMobil's investment in math and science education in the United States. The company supports initiatives that encourage students to take an active interest in careers in the math and science fields, support the professional development of highly qualified teachers and promote involvement of women and minorities students.

"Through our investments in math and science programs, ExxonMobil is investing in developing a highly skilled workforce to help our nation remain globally competitive," said Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation. "Through programs like the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, we are equipping today's students with a solid foundation in math and science and providing them pathways to pursue careers in science, engineering and technology."

Source: St. Mary's County Public Schools

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