Georgia Teacher Center teacher in residence receives Christa McAuliffe Fellowship

Susan Collins‚ newly−selected teacher in residence at the Georgia Teacher Center at…

Georgia (Jul 16, 2002) — Georgia Teacher Center teacher in residence receives Christa McAuliffe Fellowship

Karen Kennedy


Susan Collins‚ newly−selected teacher in residence at the Georgia Teacher Center at Kennesaw State University‚ has recently received one of two Christa McAuliffe Fellowships given to classroom teachers in Georgia.

Collins received a grant for her proposal titled‚ "Using Sensors to Apply Mathematics." The proposal is based on a project she developed in her eighth−grade earth science class at South Hall Middle School in Gainesville‚ which shows how students use mathematics in the study of science. Collins' students collected data on weather and water quality using hand−held sensors. They then downloaded the data into a computer and applied mathematics to help analyze it. After successfully trying the project in her own classroom‚ Collins thought other teachers in Georgia could apply the tools and knowledge she had gained from the project.

Collins began her position as teacher in residence in June and will serve in that capacity for one year. During her tenure she will train teachers throughout Georgia and develop and implement a math/science academy based in part on her sensor project. Following her year at the Georgia Teacher Center‚ Collins will return to classroom teaching at South Hall Middle School.

"This fellowship and my position with the Georgia Teacher Center allow me to have an impact on the education not only of students in my classroom‚ but students all over Georgia‚" said Collins.

The development by Collins of a math/science academy meshes well with the goal of the Georgia Teacher Center‚ which is to support teachers−teaching−teachers in an effort to create a sustained increase in student achievement in Georgia schools.

The Christa McAuliffe Fellowship program was created in 1987 to provide fellowships to classroom teachers in memory of Christa McAuliffe‚ the New Hampshire teacher who served as an astronaut on the space shuttle Challenger in January 1986. The fellowships are presented to full−time public and private school teachers (K−12) who have been employed as teachers for eight or more years.

Each state‚ using federal funds‚ develops criteria for submission of proposals based on the needs of the state. With the funds from the McAuliffe fellowships‚ outstanding and experienced teachers are able to assist in the development and implementation of their state's systemic education improvement initiatives‚ to enhance their own professional skills and to improve classroom instruction.

Christa McAuliffe's mother Grace Corrigan presented the award to Collins at a recent ceremony held in Washington‚ D.C.


Kennesaw State University‚ a progressive‚ comprehensive institution with a growing student population of 14‚100 from 118 countries‚ offers more than 50 degree programs. Out of 34 institutions‚ KSU is the sixth largest in the University System of Georgia.


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