CHICAGO | De La Salle Institute faculty member David Hanke has earned a fellowship from the National Science Teachers Association, the school has announced.
Hanke, who is in his second year as a member of the faculty at the Institute Campus for Young Men, teaches earth and space science, biology, modern biology and physical science.
Hanke is one of 244 middle and secondary science teachers from across the United States who were chosen from hundreds of applicants to participate in a yearlong professional development program designed to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge.
Representing 34 states and the District of Columbia, the 2012-13 Fellows were selected on the basis of several criteria, including showing evidence of a solid science background and displaying a strong interest in growing as a professional science educator.
Each Fellow will receive a comprehensive NSTA membership package, online mentoring with trained mentors who teach in the same discipline, and the opportunity to participate in a variety of web-based professional development activities, including web seminars. In addition, each Fellow will receive financial support to attend and participate in NSTA’s 2013 National Conference on Science Education in San Antonio in April.
“I love science because it is a process ... not a body of knowledge,” Hanke said. “Science is fluid and requires those who practice its craft to be so as well.
“Just when we think we understand something, we might find that isn't quite the case. I try to encourage creativity in many of the projects I assign in class. The greatest scientists all over time have all had something in common — the courage to stand out from the crowd and to think outside of the box.”