An academy with a connection to a past Green Jacket winner will help an Augusta Prep educator further her teaching skills.
Augusta Prep Middle School math teacher Peggy Kelly recently was accepted into this year’s Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy for math and science teachers.
She was one of just nine teachers in Georgia selected and among just more than 200 teachers chosen nationwide.
The week-long, all-expenses-paid professional development academy will take place in late July in Jersey City, N.J.
The xcademy – designed for third- through fifth-grade teachers – was launched in 2005 after Phil and Amy Mickelson joined with ExxonMobil to develop the opportunity in conjunction with the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions.
“The Mickelsons wanted to develop a program that inspires teachers from across the country in math and science and equips them with interactive teaching tools to ignite their students’ passion for these subjects,” according to a statement on the academy’s Web site. “They also wanted to create a program that helps to develop the next generation of science savvy citizens who will grow up to make the next breakthrough in medicine, in energy, or in any of the growing number of fields that require a solid foundation in math and science.”
Math Solutions Professional Development, founded by Marilyn Burns, and the National Science Teachers Association design the curriculum.
“I am very excited to be part of something that is so cutting edge and directly related to Prep’s efforts to embrace 21st-century educational practices,” said Kelly, who started working at Augusta Prep in 2001 and teaches fifth- and sixth-grade math. She also coaches a Knowledge Masters team, sponsors the Middle School Green Club and oversees middle school recycling efforts.
“I’ve read books and articles by Marilyn Burns, and I am particularly eager to experience the curriculum she has developed with other like-minded teachers,” she said. “I feel honored to be selected.”
More than 1,500 teachers applied for the academy from throughout the country. Kelly was chosen based on her “qualifications, dedication to inspiring students and (her) overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession,” according to the Mickelson Academy.
Since the Academy launched, more than 3,600 teachers have attended, according to the academy’s Web site.