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2021-22 School Year Information

Laura Akesson Named Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow

Mrs. Akesson will live in Washington, D.C. for the 2022-23 school year, working directly on STEM resources and programs with the Department of Energy alongside Fellows embedded in other federal agencies or U.S. Congressional offices.
“I’m excited to learn and make an impact,” said Laura Akesson, Upper School science teacher, Bryan Innovation Lab liaison, and newly named 2022-23 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow (AEF). “I love teaching not only because I get to share my excitement for science, but for the ability to create opportunities where students realize their great capabilities and potential. The chance to do this on the national level is both daunting and exciting.”

The AEF Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 STEM educators to apply their extensive classroom knowledge and experiences to inform federal STEM education efforts, according to a press release.

Ms. Akesson had learned about the AEF Program several years ago and was fascinated by the idea that teachers could have a voice at the table on a national level. Following an intense six-month application process, Ms. Akesson was chosen alongside 14 other educators for this national program.

She’ll take a one-year leave of absence from Steward to participate, bringing expertise garnered from 22 total years of teaching at Steward, Henrico County Public Schools, VCU, and Zurich International School, as well as leading Science Overdrive, her science education non-profit company. She’ll live in Washington, D.C. for the 2022-23 school year, working directly on STEM resources and programs with the Department of Energy alongside Fellows embedded in other federal agencies or U.S. Congressional offices.

Learn more about the program by reading this press release.
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