Supported the implementation of an entrepreneurship education program in Nicaragua as a Peace Corps volunteer
Knowles Teaching Fellows Program
The Knowles Teaching Fellowship is an intensive and cohesive, 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. In fiscal year 2019, Knowles supported 196 Teaching Fellows in 43 states, plus the District of Columbia.
Over the last 20 years, Knowles has supported more than 400 Fellows, who have taught math and science to more than 250,000 students. On an annual basis, 97.5% of our Teaching Fellows remain in the profession and are highly rated—9 in 10 school leaders rated their Knowles Fellow in the top 25% of new classroom teachers and professional colleagues.
Served as a mentor to high school girls during her time at Bowdoin College
Analyzed acoustic data for sperm whale clicks in the western North Atlantic to help monitor their abundance and distribution as a summer intern at the Acoustics Research Group at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Taught at two summer programs—Brown Summer High School and Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth
Created and ran school programming for field trips and public education events as a science educator at the Grand Rapids Public Museum
Studied the effects of chemotherapy on the stability of microtubules as an undergraduate researcher
Worked as a camp counselor and physics teaching assistant at Stanford University’s Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes
Worked in education informally for three years at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, before transitioning to a teaching as a professio
Tutored and mentored students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds through her work with AmeriCorp as an undergraduate student
Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization) array experiment, which measures the cosmic microwave background (the first light produced in the universe) to look for gravitational waves
Worked as a middle school math instructor for Math Circle, an organization that introduces difficult math problems in fields of combinatorics, graph theory, set theory, and algebra to young students who have a heightened interest in math
Started a bicycling program that picked up unsold produce from farms and food co-ops, and donated it to food banks and other nonprofits
Taught mathematics in Lesotho as a Peace Corps volunteer
Optimized and assessed the potential of different antibodies for new enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays as a research associate at Astute Medical
Helped design train suspension control systems as an intern at Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Akashi, Japan
Designed and team taught a math enrichment course as a participant in the Teaching Experience for Undergraduates program at Brown University
Studied protein fibrils using a Quantum Cascade Laser in a biophysics lab at Boston University for two years
Worked as an instructor at Mathnasium for three years
Analyzed samples using a mass spectrometer while working in an optometry research lab
Conducted research on the butterfly speciation/abundance with respect to gaps in the canopy in the Dja Rainforest in Cameroon, Africa
Worked as an after school science educator for the East Bay Asian Youth Center through Americorp for one year
Tutored middle school students in mathematics for two years
Taught marine science at the Catalina Island Marine Institute’s outdoor science camp for three years
Co-taught and designed courses in riparian ecology, geology, astronomy, food systems, comparative ecology, the physics of mountain biking as a Public Allies Science Teaching Fellow at Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center in Estes Park, Colorado
Studied the effects of the American diet on breast cancer metastatic levels at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana for four years
Analyzed the toxins in algae in a marine science lab at the University of North Carolina–Wilmington
Facilitated a planetarium experience for K–12 students across the state of Mississippi, and developed and led professional development for K–12 teachers as a portable planetarium facilitator at the University of Mississippi’s Center for Mathematics and Science Education
Published several articles focused on identity and undocumented immigrant students while working as a research assistant for the Development of Immigrant Youth in Action Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Interned at a law office during college, as she was deciding between social justice work and teaching
Tutored students who were struggling in their science classes and served as an instructional assistant within science classrooms as a science paraprofessional
Led students to use statistics to analyze New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy as a teaching fellow at Breakthrough Collaborative Greater Philadelphia
Co-wrote two articles that were published in the European Journal of Organic Chemistry
Taught English at Lycée Gaspard Monge, a high school near Paris, France for one year
Worked as a supplemental instruction leader in multivariable calculus at the University of Southern California for two years
Worked as a field engineer for Hensel Phelps in Washington, D.C. before transitioning to the field of education
Taught weekly lessons on the environment to elementary school students as a Sprout Up instructor
Worked as a health disparities and anatomy counselor for the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program
Knowles Senior Fellows Program
After completing the fifth year, Teaching Fellows become Senior Fellows who have the opportunity to receive support from Knowles for leadership efforts. In fiscal year 2019, the Knowles community included 217 Senior Fellows. The program provides support that leverages and amplifies the investment Knowles makes in its Teaching Fellows in a number of ways. For example, Senior Fellows are eligible to receive grants from Knowles for Seed Projects, and participate in the Knowles Coaching Network and the Knowles journal—Kaleidoscope: Educator Voices and Perspective.
Fiscal year 2019 marked the second summer of the Knowles Academy, a Senior Fellows Program. Through the Academy, we provide leadership opportunities for Senior Fellows. All Academy courses are designed and facilitated by experienced teachers who understand the complexities of teaching in today’s world. Courses include one semester or year of mentoring to assist teachers as they work to successfully implement what they’ve learned in their own classrooms. Participation in the Knowles Academy also gives teachers access to a national network of educators who share resources and ideas, and support each other to continually improve their teaching practice. In fiscal year 2019, we held the following Academy courses, which were attended by 67 teachers. The courses were facilitated and/or coached by 12 Senior Fellows.
- Using Effective Group Work to Maximize Learning for All Students
- Engaging Math and Science Students in Engineering Design
- Designing Instructional Tasks to Increase Student Engagement and Learning in Science
- Designing Instructional Tasks to Increase Student Engagement and Learning in Math
- Physics for the Next Generation: The Patterns Approach
“The Patterns course has given me so many ideas for bringing more real-world connections into my classroom. The teachers were so knowledgeable; it’s so rare to find professional development specific to physics teachers. I love any opportunity to make my students feel they have ownership over a course whose reputation for difficulty precedes it, and the patterns approach does this without any loss of complexity or rigor. Thank you for offering it!”
Thank You to All of Our 2018–2019 Donors
We are profoundly grateful for the very generous multi-year pledge and intent to give from Knowles Trustees Dr. Lucy Balian Rorke-Adams and the late Mr. C. Harry Knowles. Their continued generosity will provide stability for the organization and for our efforts to transform mathematics and science education for many years to come.
In November 2018, Knowles launched its second annual giving campaign. We are thankful for the 60 donors who gave more than $12,000. Contributions were used to provide funding for teachers to attend Knowles Academy courses. We are truly grateful for the generosity of all donors who gave during fiscal year 2019.
“I’m truly grateful for the scholarship I received to attend a Knowles Academy course. The course acted as a catalyst to jump-start my teaching; I left feeling energized to design new, more cognitively demanding math tasks that will engage my students in deeper learning.”
Math Teacher and Knowles Academy Participant
Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy
Camden, New Jersey
Harry Knowles and Lucy Balian Rorke-Adams
Judy Austermiller and Warren Betty
Michael C. Wittmann
Richard & Jodie Galosy
Robert F. Morris, Jr.
Knowles Board of Trustees: Fiscal Year 2019
The Knowles Team
The Knowles Teacher Initiative is committed to improving mathematics and science education in the United States by supporting teachers as the primary agents of educational improvement. Our efforts to create an educational system that is led by teachers who are equipped to solve difficult problems and respond to local challenges in order to serve all of our nation’s students is supported by a well trained staff with more than 100 years of teaching experience. As a testament to their commitment, our dedicated staff donated nearly $6,000 to provide funding for teachers to attend Knowles Academy courses during in fiscal year 2019.
20 Years of Knowles Fellows
Show Your Support: Knowles 2020
The Knowles Teacher Initiative supports the efforts of high school mathematics and science teachers in the United States to improve education in their classrooms and beyond. In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the founding of Knowles, we are launching a fundraising campaign to support teachers who attend the Knowles Academy. Your contribution will allow us to expand the support we provide to teachers nationwide.