Three Graduates Receive Teaching Fellowship: Sean Moore, LJ (Lawrence) Neumann, Sarah Timmler

I’m pleased to announce that three University of Wisconsin, Madison graduates—Sean Moore, LJ Neumann, and Sarah Timmler—were chosen by the Knowles Teacher Initiative as members of its 2017 Cohort of Teaching Fellows. This year, 37 promising high school mathematics and science teachers who are just beginning their careers were awarded KSTF Teaching Fellowships.

Sean will begin his second year of teaching at Rhinelander High School in Rhinelander, WI. He is committed to teaching chemistry to high school students in the U.S. Sean earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2006 and a Master of Science in curriculum and instruction also from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2016. Before transitioning to the teaching profession, Sean worked as a scientist for Pharmaceutical Product Development.

LJ will begin his first year of teaching at Monona Grove High School in Madison, WI. He is committed to teaching biology to high school students in the U.S. LJ earned a Bachelor of Science in wildlife ecology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2012. Before formally transitioning to the teaching profession, LJ served for a year as a City Year Corps member with City Year Milwaukee. Additionally, LJ worked as an environmental educator at Nature’s Classroom Institute in Mukwonago, WI.

Sarah will begin her second year of teaching at Wauwatosa West High School in Wauwatosa, WI. She is committed to teaching biology to high school students in the U.S. Sarah earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2014 and a Master of Science in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2016. Before beginning her career in education, Sarah was as a research technician at the Medical College of Wisconsin in the microbiology department and a field tech in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.

Knowles is committed to supporting a national network of mathematics and science teachers in building leadership and collaboration, facilitating exploration and innovation, and ultimately improving mathematics and science education in the U.S. The Knowles Teaching Fellows Program—the Foundation’s signature program—is a comprehensive, five-year program that supports early-career, high school mathematics and science teachers in their efforts to develop teaching expertise and lead from the classroom. Through the program, Knowles Fellows have access to grants for expenses associated with purchasing classroom materials, engaging in professional development, and spearheading leadership activities that have an impact beyond their own classrooms. Fellows also benefit from access to stipends, mentoring and coaching from experienced teachers and teacher educators, and membership in a nationwide community of more than 300 teachers who are committed to improving education.