2009 Alumna Awarded Prestigious Teaching Fellowship

Helen (Dauer) Yan (C'09) was chosen by the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation as a member of its 2015 cohort of Teaching Fellows. This year, 34 promising high school mathematics and science teachers who are just beginning their careers were awarded KSTF Teaching Fellowships.
Helen will begin her first year of teaching this fall. She is committed to teaching chemistry to high school students in the U.S. Helen earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2009 and a Master of Science in inorganic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2011.  
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, professional development and coaching from a staff of experienced teachers and teacher educators, support from a national network of mathematics and science teachers, and opportunities to take on leadership and mentoring within KSTF and beyond through a comprehensive five-year Fellowship. With an emphasis on inquiry and collaboration, the Teaching Fellows Program supports participants as they advance their teaching practice and student learning, while leading from the classroom.