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UVM Alumna Awarded Science Teaching Fellowship

Comprehensive program offers financial support and professional development for early­-career STEM teachers

The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) recently announced its 2014 cohort of Teaching Fellows, one of whom is a 2007 and 2013 graduate of the University of Vermont -- Carly Brown. Selected from a pool of more than 180 applicants, Brown is one of 32 exceptionally talented, early­-career science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) teachers to be awarded a 2014 KSTF Teaching Fellowship.

KSTF seeks to improve STEM education by building a stable, sustainable cadre of networked leading teachers, who are trained and supported as leaders from the beginning of their careers. The KSTF Teaching Fellows Program -- the foundation’s signature program -- offers stipends, funds for professional development, grants for teaching materials, and opportunities for leadership development and mentoring for early-­career STEM teachers through a comprehensive five­-year fellowship. With an emphasis on inquiry and collaboration, the Teaching Fellows Program empowers participants to advance their teaching practice and student learning, while leading from the classroom.

Brown is committed to teaching science to high school students in the United States. A native of Burlington, she earned her bachelor's degree in biology from UVM. After two years working as a Peace Corps volunteer and teacher in Kenya, Brown continued her education at UVM, where she earned a master's from the Field Naturalist Program. Additionally, she earned a secondary science teaching certificate through the Teacher Apprenticeship Program at Champlain College. This fall, Brown will begin her first year of teaching at Craftsbury Academy, located in Craftsbury, Vt.

The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation was established by Janet H. and C. Harry Knowles in 1999 to increase the number of high quality high school science and mathematics teachers and, ultimately, improve math and science education in the United States. The KSTF Teaching Fellows Program awards exceptional young men and women with five­-year early-­career fellowships, empowering them to become primary agents of educational improvement. 

Applications for 2015 KSTF Teaching Fellowships are now being accepted. Details about KSTF and the application process can be found at