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Science Educator Earns STEM Teaching Fellowship

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The district is proud to announce that Dodd science teacher Barbara Algarin has been selected as one of only 10 teachers in New York State to receive the Regeneron STEM Teaching Fellowship, a partnership among the STEM Leadership Center, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Teachers College of Columbia University and NASA Endeavor through U.S. Satellite Laboratory.

Criteria for this honor included submitting an online application by a deadline, holding New York State certification in at least one STEM area, and teaching one STEM area in grades 6-12. As a result of her selection, Algarin will participate in three online courses, and in July 2019 will spend two weeks at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals working alongside their scientists in a laboratory. Upon completion of the work, it is anticipated that she will achieve a Leadership Certificate in STEM Education early fall 2019.

“I am very happy when our teachers participate in such excellent professional development opportunities on their own initiative,” said District Director of Science Dr. Vincent Pereira. “This strengthens the entire science department.”