Tiah McKinney Awarded Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

May 8, 2006

Tiah McKinney, Michigan educator and member of the COSEE Great Lakes Advisory Board, has been awarded an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship for 2006-7. Tiah is a science teacher and resource consultant to several school districts. In 2000 she was a Sea Scholar with St. Norbert College’s Ocean Voyagers Program, and in 2003 she served as President of the Executive Board for the Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Association. In autumn 2007 she will begin work on her PhD at the University of Michigan under a King/Chavez/Parks Future Faculty Fellowship.

The Einstein Fellowship is a national program that offers current public or private elementary and secondary mathematics, technology, and science classroom teachers with demonstrated excellence in teaching an opportunity to serve in the national public policy arena. Fellows provide practical insight in establishing and operating education programs. Fellowships increase understanding, communication, and cooperation between legislative and executive branches and the science, mathematics, and technology education community.

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Act, signed into law in 1994, gives the Department of Energy responsibility for administering the program. Selected teachers spend a school year in DC and are assigned to a Congressional office or government agency. Tiah will be working with the NSF Geosciences Division, the group that supports the COSEE program nationally. She says, “I really look forward to working with them in the Fall. Among the major activities that I will be working on next year is handling proposals and funding decisions related to the Opportunities to Enhance Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG) program. Needless to say, I am thrilled and I look forward to exciting new experiences.”

Albert Einstein Fellows bring to Congress and appropriate branches of the federal government the extensive knowledge and experience of classroom teachers. They provide practical insights and "real world" perspectives to policy makers and program managers developing or managing educational programs. Some of the outstanding contributions of Einstein Fellows have included:

  • Drafting legislation and influencing policy that seek to improve K-16 education in the United States;
  • Initiating collaborations and establishing partnerships between federal agencies;
  • Designing and implementing national science, math, and technology education programs;
  • Creating web-based science education programs;
  • Establishing and evaluating national and regional programs centered on school reform and teacher preparation in science, mathematics, and technology; and
  • Creating and producing educational curricula and products with national distribution.

Tiah’s position begins in September and runs through July 2007. COSEE Great Lakes wishes her the best possible experience. We look forward to seeing the additional accomplishments of this talented young woman!