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Skyline’s Gretel von Bargen Selected for the 2017-18 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

Skyline’s Gretel von Bargen Selected for the 2017-18 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

Posted by Elizabeth Egan on 23 June, 2017

Congratulations to Skyline High School’s Gretel von Bargen on being selected as a recipient of the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship for the 2017-18 school year! The AEF Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend eleven months working in Federal agencies or in the US Congressional offices, applying their extensive knowledge and classroom experiences to national education programs and/or education policy efforts. 

Von Bargen, who has been a teacher at Skyline since 2002, says that there are many reasons she chose to apply for and pursue this Fellowship. Apart from hoping to be intellectually challenged by the experience, she looks forward to invigorating both her own professional practice and that of those around her, as well as overall wanting to make an impact by playing a part in the promotion of science as a way of knowing, thinking, and problem solving. Ultimately though, von Bargen is motivated by her students, siting her main incentive for applying as being able to positively impact student learning. 

For the next year von Bargen will be working at the Department of Energy (DOE) aiding in a number of tasks. She will help run the National Science Bowl, which involves vetting questions, training team coaches, and overall facilitating the event. At the National Labs she will work with other educators and scientists to connect authentic scientific research to classroom students. Also, she will be working on her own professional development via a professional issue of concern. While she hasn’t finalized her focus yet von Bargen is hoping to bring awareness to the challenges presented by the teacher shortage, along with emphasizing the importance of STEM teachers in education. 

At the end of the eleven month fellowship, AEF educators are prepared to return home, equipped with access to a national network of education leaders and programs, a better understanding for the challenges and possibilities in STEM education, and a renewed passion for teaching, ready to make signification contributions to their schools and school districts.

Current sponsoring agencies include: the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). For more information about the Albert Einstein Fellow Program, please see their website.

For more information about the National Science Bowl, please click here.

For more information on the National Labs, please click here.