National Teaching Foundation Names Two Detroit-Area Teachers Fellows: The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation of Moorestown, N.J. this week named Beverly Bell of Grand Blanc and Kate Miller of Beverly Hills to its 2012 physical science cohort of Teaching Fellows.  The highly competitive five-year KSTF Teaching Fellowships, among the most comprehensive in the nation, were awarded to a diverse group of 34 beginning high school teachers of biology, physical science and mathematics. The new Fellows include recent graduates from such top universities as Harvard, MIT and Stanford and professionals who have left fledgling careers on Wall Street and in academic research to make an impact in America’s classrooms.  KSTF invests $175,000 over five years in each Fellow to ensure that high-caliber beginning teachers remain in the profession.  Nationally, nearly half of all new teachers leave the profession within the first five years; KSTF maintains a steady teacher retention rate of 95 percent over the five years of the fellowship. Bell earned an honors BS in chemistry and her teaching credential from Michigan State University.  A National Science Foundation STEM Scholar, Ms. Bell has wanted to be a teacher for as long as she can remember.  A gymnast, Kate Miller became passionate about physics when she realized that it helped explain the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of her favorite sport. Miller earned a BS in physics from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where she was president of the UM Society of Women in Physics. To view a full list of the 2012 KSTF Teaching Fellows, visit,


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