Star Journal Report
A Rhinelander science teacher is one of 37 high school teachers in the nation awarded a Knowles Teaching Fellowship. Sean Moore, a second year chemistry teacher at Rhinelander High school was selected by the Knowles Teacher Initiative to be part of a five-year program designed to support early-career math and science teachers in their efforts to develop teaching expertise and leadership from their classrooms.
“Traditionally, teachers have been more like gatekeepers to student learning,” Moore is quoted as saying on the Knowles website. “Instead, teachers need to be facilitators of student learning. A facilitator gently guides the student through the learning process.”
Moore has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, both from UW-Madison. Prior to transitioning into the teaching profession, Moore worked as a scientist for pharmaceutical product development.
“My eight years of laboratory experience as a chemist allows me to transfer real world industry knowledge into the classroom,” Moore said.
Through the program, Moore will have access to grants for expenses associated with purchasing classroom materials, engaging in professional development and spearheading leadership activities that have an impact beyond their own classrooms. As a Fellow, Moore could also benefit from access to stipends, and mentoring and coaching from experienced teachers and teacher educators.