2020 Business in Education award | Kenosha Unified School District

2020 Business in Education award

A collage of portrait of the five people involved with the Noyce Grant.Carthage College Noyce Grant Leaders

The Carthage College Noyce grant leaders, composed of Christine Blaine, Julie Dahlstrom, Andrea Henle, Karin Sconzert and Aaron Trautwein, lead the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program through a partnership with Kenosha Unified School District. The program is developed to strengthen partnerships between college departments and local middle and high schools, as well as addressing the local and national need to train additional secondary science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers.

Harborside Academy Principal William Haithcock shared, “Carthage applied for and received funds to help current math and science majors to change their career focus to becoming math and science teachers. As you can guess, changing majors in the middle of your college career can be an expensive move, especially when you are changing to be an education major. This grant is designed to help make this change financially possible for students who have decided they want to teach. For the past three years, Carthage students considering this change in career paths have been volunteering at Harborside and other local area classrooms.”

Jason Standish, Bradford High School physics teacher, said, “The program has made a significant contribution to the district, going beyond expectations in helping Carthage students become excellent teachers while helping the district students and teachers in the process.”

District Science Coordinator Christine Pratt said, “With Carthage sharing their science expertise with district educators, Carthage College faculty will increase the knowledge of our great teachers, especially in the areas of authentic science research. This will ultimately influence student engagement and achievement.”