The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program is a unique teaching fellowship for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend eleven months working in a Federal agency or Congress, bringing their extensive knowledge and experience in the classroom to education program and/or education policy efforts.
One of this year’s Fellows, Mike Kennedy, has returned to his home school, Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL , with a new perspective.
“I’m not going to lie — it was awesome,” said Kennedy, physics teacher and boys’ track and field head coach. “I worked in the Department of Energy, and it was a perfect fit for me. It would be really hard to pick the highlights of the year, but one of the best things was being able to work with the other fellows. They are absolutely phenomenal people who are really trying to make sure that education is pushed forward.”
Albert Einstein Fellows help implement and evaluate national education programs, draft legislation, and initiate collaboration among Federal agencies, among other things. Applications for next year’s fellowships are due January 5, 2012.