CMU graduate wins prestigious Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship

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The national Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship is an annual award presented to 32 teachers for furthering of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM education.

And this year, one of the recipients is a spring graduate from Central Michigan University.

Michelle Vanhala studied secondary education with majors in integrated science and English.

She said she’s excited to integrate STEM education in her classroom.

“Incorporating inquiry and a lot of engineering. More application of material as opposed to memorization of vocab words and memorization of concept. I know in my classroom I’m definitely going to make an effort to give students the opportunity to get hands-on experiences that relate to their real life.”

Vanhala said the competition she faced was intimidating.

Through the fellowship, she will begin her teaching career with $30,000 dollars for classroom supplies and educational advancement opportunities, over the next five years.