Laura Donaldson, a middle-school teacher at St. Johnís Regional Catholic School in Frederick recently was chosen by the National Science Teachers Association as a fellow in the associationís New Science Teacher Academy.
The Teachers Association, a professional organization that promotes excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning, selected 220 middle-and high-school science teachers nationwide to participate.
Donaldson also is one of seven participating middle-school teachers who was also to be selected as an American Honda Foundation fellow.
The yearlong professional development program is intended to promote quality science teaching, enhance teachersí confidence and abilities, and improve teachersí content knowledge.
The 2011 fellows, who represent 34 states and the Washington, D.C., were selected based on scientific background, interest in science education and other factors.
Each fellow will receive a comprehensive NSTA membership package, online mentoring with trained mentors and the opportunity to participate in web-based professional development. Donaldson also will receive financial support to attend and participate in NSTAís 2012 National Conference on Science Education in Indianapolis, Ind.