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Anchorage Educators to Enhance Math and Science Teaching Skills at Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy


Academy Offers Advanced Training in Math and Science;

Encourages Innovation in Teaching


IRVING, tx, JUNE 22 –The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy announced today that 10 third-, fourth- and fifth-grade teachers from the local Anchorage area will be attending its Houston Academy in June to enhance their math and science teaching skills. The selection of these teachers marks the sixth year teachers from Anchorage have attended, with more than 40 teachers from Anchorage previously trained.

PGA Golfer Phil Mickelson, his wife, Amy, and ExxonMobil, in conjunction with the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions, bring together elementary teachers from across the country for a five-day, all-expense-paid professional development program designed to hone teaching skills, enhance curricula and help them discover new ways to inspire students to pursue careers in math and science.  The teachers chosen from Anchorage include:

  • Laura Barron, Abbott Loop Elementary School
  • Kathleen Bell, Abbott Loop Elementary School
  • Marci Milwicz, Abbott Loop Elementary School
  • Shelby Theriault, Abbott Loop Elementary School
  • Sarah Baumeister, Susitna Elementary School
  • Nelson Hubbell, Susitna Elementary School
  • Virginia Hughes, Susitna Elementary School
  • Madeline Mott, Susitna Elementary School
  • William Shea, Campbell Elementary School
  • Virginia Gates, ASD – STEM Department

“The company developed the program to support the vital role teachers play in ensuring students are ready to compete in the 21st century,” said Suzanne McCarron, Exxon Mobil Corporation's general manager of Public and Government Affairs. “The academy equips teachers with the necessary tools and strategies to create enthusiasm about math and science and help develop the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators.”

Today’s fastest growing careers, from medicine to energy, demand a solid foundation in math and science.  However, the number of young people prepared to enter these professions is decreasing.  According to a recent study by the National Science Foundation, eight of the 10 fastest growing career sectors now require skills in math and science.  The Academy is designed to equip teachers with tools to engage students and prepare today’s minds to be tomorrow’s leaders.

“We’re excited to announce the selection of the teachers today and proud to continue to impact the lives of tens of thousands of students,” Phil Mickelson said. “Through our involvement with the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, we’re able to help teachers continue to develop their methods to reach today’s youth and affect how they view math and science from an early age.”

Now in its eighth year, more than 3,000 teachers have attended the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, sharing with more than 175,000 students nationwide the lessons and skills they learned.  Each year, 400 elementary school teachers, who are chosen from communities around the country where Mickelson plays in PGA tournaments or where ExxonMobil maintains significant operations, attend the Houston or New Orleans academies. In addition, 200 teachers, who were among the more than 1,000 third- through fifth-grade teachers who applied through www.sendmyteacher.com, were selected to attend the 2012 Academy at Liberty Science Center in New Jersey.

This year, the Houston Academy will take place from June 17 through June 22 in The Woodlands, Texas.

The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is part of ExxonMobil’s long-term commitment to education. 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 minority students. In 2011, ExxonMobil and its employees contributed $120 million dedicated to education globally and $44 million to U.S. science and math education specifically.

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. In 2011, together with its employees and retirees, ExxonMobil and the ExxonMobil Foundation provided $278 million in contributions worldwide, of which $120 million was dedicated to education. For more information, visit www.exxonmobil.com

Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation

Phil and his wife, Amy, teamed up with the ExxonMobil Foundation to develop a new and innovative program to improve science and math education in elementary schools. The program -- The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy -- offers advanced training in science and mathematics instruction for elementary school teachers chosen from the communities around the country where Mickelson will be playing tournaments. Web site: www.PhilMickelson.com.

National Science Teachers Association

The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), www.nsta.org, is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes more than 60,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.

Math Solutions

Math Solutions, founded in 1984, has provided a wide range of professional development services and resource materials to more than 500 districts, in 47 states, helping more than 100,000 teachers and administrators across the country. Web site: www.mathsolutions.com.

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