Zacharias Chosen For Einstein Fellowship

By  //  May 3, 2012

Distinguished Hoinor

John Zacharias of Edegwood Jr./Sr. High School has been anmed as an Einstein Fellow for the 2012-2013 school year. (Image courtesy of Brevard Public Schools)

BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – An Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School teacher has been selected as one of 19 new Einstein fellows.

John Zacharias will serve in four sponsoring agencies for the 2012-13 school year.

He has been a science, technology and math teacher at Edgewood since 2004 and will now serve in the Office of Cyberinfrastructure under the guidance of Mimi McClure at the National Science Foundation.

The prestigious Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program offers K-12 science, technology, engineering and math teachers with a demonstrated excellence in teaching an opportunity to serve in the national education public policy arenas.

Fellows were selected from a nationwide pool of more than  200 applicants.

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program was authorized by an act of Congress in 1994.

It is administered by the U.S. Department of Energy in partnership with the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education and participating host agencies.

Selected teachers spend a school year in the Washington, DC metro area serving in a Federal agency or a Congressional Office.

Fellows provide practical insight and a classroom perspective to policy makers and program managers developing or managing education programs.

They help to increase understanding, communication, and cooperation between the STEM education community and legislative and executive branches of the Federal government.

Einstein Fellows bring the extensive knowledge and experience of classroom teachers and provide practical insights and “real world” perspectives to policy makers and program managers developing or managing educational programs.

The participating host agencies include DOE, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation.