The Diocese of Palm Beach is proud to announce three teachers from one of its local Catholic schools, St. Luke Catholic School in Palm Springs, have been selected from an extremely competitive pool of national applicants to participate in the University of Notre Dame’s Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows Program. The Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows Program provides support and professional growth for high-quality teachers in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with a focus on providing teachers with support to increase student interest and learning in STEM disciplines.
The Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows awards the fellowship to teams of three to five educators that teach STEM related-courses. The three educators from St. Luke Catholic School selected are: Diann Bacchus, Middle School Science Teacher and STEM Coordinator; Jillian Sargent (Project Lead the Way Coordinator and First Grade Teacher) and Tamsynn Storin (Middle School Math Teacher and Math Coordinator). The teachers from St. Luke Catholic School are the only teaching staff within the State of Florida to be selected this year. As part of the 2015 Trustey Family STEM Fellows, the selected teachers will engage in three-years of professional development, content specific coaching and the development of a STEM Impact Plan for St. Luke Catholic School.
Gary Gelo, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Palm Beach, says the selection of the diocesan teachers demonstrates the quality of the curriculum offered at the diocesan schools and the benefits of the diocese continued partnership with the University of Notre Dame.
“The Notre Dame Center for STEM Education was instrumental in the development of the STEM Program at St. Luke Catholic School and facilitated a visioning session that led to the creation of the STEM Program at the school. In addition to the fellows program, St. Luke will host a summer Science and Engineering Camp in conjunction with the university,” stated Gelo.