Ironwood teacher selected to attend Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy | News
Candice Dunfee, a third grade teacher at Ironwood Elementary School, was recently selected to attend the 2013 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. She has been with the Marana Unified School District since 1999.
The 2013 academy is scheduled for July 21-26, and will be held at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J.
200 teachers, from across the U.S. were selected for this prestigious opportunity, from the more than 1,500 teachers who applied. Ms. Dunfee is just one of seven teachers selected from Arizona and the only teacher selected from the Tucson area.
Selections were made by the panel, based on the teacher’s qualifications, dedication to inspiring students, and their overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession.
The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy began back in 2005, and is a one week, all expense paid intensive professional development program for teachers who teach third through fifth grade classes.
The academy experience provides teachers with the tools to enhance curricula, an opportunity to network with other educators, as well as ways to innovatively teach math and science to their students.
Since its inception, more than 3,600 teachers have attended the Academy—impacting the lives of more than 230,000 students nationwide.
Phil and Amy Mickelson partnered with ExxonMobil to develop the Academy in conjunction with the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions Professional Development. The Mickelsons wanted to develop a program that inspires teachers from across the country in math and science and equips them with interactive teaching tools to ignite their students' passion for these subjects. They also wanted to create a program that helps to develop the next generation of science savvy citizens who will grow up to make the next breakthrough in medicine, in energy, or in any of the growing number of fields that require a solid foundation in math and science.