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Anchorage Elementary School Educators Selected to Attend the Sally Ride Science Academy Brought to You by ExxonMobil


Participants Selected to Promote Math and Science Careers, Particularly Among Girls
  • Academy held pilot program last summer

  • Series part of ExxonMobil’s continued investments in math and science education


IRVING, Texas --The Sally Ride Science Academy brought to you by ExxonMobil, announced today that seven elementary educators were selected from Anchorage to learn new, innovative strategies to raise students’ interest in science and science careers. 


Teachers from Anchorage attending the academy include:

  • Dwane Anderson, Klatt Elementary

  • Traci Caves, Chugach Optional Elementary

  • Ayumi  Hattori, Sand Lake Elementary

  • Mary Herminghaus, Curriculum and Instruction, Science

  • Robert Stagg, Aquarian Charter School

  • Kristina Vlahovich, Chinook Elementary

  • Zan Zoske, Sand Lake Elementary

The academy for elementary school educators will be held in San Diego and is a partnership between Sally Ride Science (founded by American astronaut Dr. Sally Ride) and ExxonMobil. The academy educates teachers about the importance of introducing young students to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers, showcases diverse role models in those careers, and provides pathways to incorporate STEM career awareness in their classroom activities. 


Teachers were selected by district administrators based on their qualifications, dedication to inspiring students at an early age, and overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession. The participants are among 300 teachers from around the country attending additional academies in Washington, D.C. and San Diego.

“I’m thrilled to announce the selection of these fine educators,” said Dr. Ride. “Research shows that introducing young students to the wide variety of science careers available, the many paths to becoming a scientist, and the vibrant women and men working in science today makes girls and boys more likely to stay interested in science and to consider a science career. By partnering with ExxonMobil, we’re equipping educators with the necessary tools to encourage students to pursue math and science in higher education and beyond.”


The Sally Ride Science Academy utilizes a train-the-trainer model. Academy graduates are expected to train other teachers in their district during the 2010-2011 school year.  Graduates and their trainees will receive sets of the Sally Ride Science Cool Career book series for use in their classrooms.

The Sally Ride Science Academy brought to you by ExxonMobil 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.


“Programs like the Sally Ride Science Academy brought to you by ExxonMobil will help change the perception of STEM education today and inspire young people to take up careers in these areas,” said Truman Bell, Senior Program Officer for Education and Diversity for ExxonMobil. “It’s our responsibility to ensure that every child feels inspired and competent in these subject areas to face the challenges of the future.”


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About ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, uses technology and innovation to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. ExxonMobil holds an industry-leading inventory of resources, is the largest refiner and marketer of petroleum products, and its chemical company is one of the largest in the world. For more information, visit www.exxonmobil.com5. 


ExxonMobil engages in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and science in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations. Globally, ExxonMobil provides funding to improve basic education, promote women as catalysts for development, and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries.

In 2009, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation, its divisions and affiliates, and ExxonMobil Foundation provided $235 million in contributions worldwide, of which more than $112 million was dedicated to education.  Additional information on ExxonMobil's community partnerships and contributions programs is available at www.exxonmobil.com/community6.

About Sally Ride Science

Sally Ride Science™ is an innovative science education company dedicated to supporting girls’ and boys’interests in science, technology, engineering, and math. The company, founded by Dr. Sally Ride, creates programs (including Sally Ride Science Academy for teachers) and materials (including STEM career books) that bring science to life for students, their parents, and their teachers.

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