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Young chemistry teacher selected for mentoring program

2013-03-11T00:00:00Z 2013-03-12T18:48:06Z Young chemistry teacher selected for mentoring programBy Kimberly Cheek-Stanley Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 11, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Griffith resident Katelin Muesing is looking forward to enhancing her knowledge and confidence in the classroom with her recent selection as an Astellas-NSTA Fellow in the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy.

A Lake Central High School chemistry teacher for grades 10-12, Muesing will be matched with a mentor who has teaching experience at the same grade level and given access to a blogging community of teachers throughout the country.

“The program’s goal is to improve my subject content knowledge, make the years as a beginner teacher easier with a mentor’s advice, and provide endless resources to provide quality science teaching to students,” she said.

One of only 240 teachers selected for the fellowship nationwide, Muesing will travel in April to NSTA’s 2013 National Conference on Science Education in San Antonio, Texas, where she will meet other NSTA fellows and attend presentations and workshops.

“I honestly did not know how difficult it was to be accepted into this program until I found out that only two teachers in Indiana were selected," Muesing admitted. "I think this opportunity will give me new teaching strategies on how to conduct labs and use new technology.

“I have always found science exciting to learn and experience. I became an educator to show students that science does not have to be boring, but does apply to each person’s everyday life.”

Muesing previously taught middle school students at L C Ward Education Center in Fort Wayne. She is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University, West Lafayette, where she double majored in biology and chemistry education.

A member of Griffith Methodist Church, she serves as the JV girls basketball coach and thre varsity assistant girls tennis coach at Lake Central.

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