Lundon Pinneo, a science teacher at Maumelle High School, has been chosen from hundreds of other teachers from across the country to participate in a year-long professional development fellowship program. The only teacher selected from Arkansas, Pinneo was named this week by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching.

She will receive a comprehensive NSTA membership package, on-line mentoring with trained mentors who teach in the same discipline, and the opportunity to participate in a variety of web-based professional development activities, including web seminars, according to Kate Falk, senior manager of public relations at the National Science Teachers Association. She will also receive financial support to attend and participate in NSTA’s 2013 National Conference on Science Education in San Antonio.

The NSTA sponsors the Dow— NSTA fellowship with assistance from the Dow Chemical Company, the Amgen Foundation; Astellas Pharma US, Inc.; the American Honda Foundation; the Bayer USA Foundation; and Lockheed Martin.

Pinneo will participate with 242 other science teachers from across the country in a year-long professional development program designed to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence and improve teacher content knowledge.

“We are thrilled to provide these teachers with the resources and support needed to help them feel confident and passionate about the critical work they do in inspiring today’s youth to become tomorrow’s leading STEM professionals,” said Gerry Wheeler, interim executive director, NSTA.

“Dow believes the future of successful STEM related careers for our youth is heavily influencedby passionate science teachers who are encouraged and mentored in their profession,” said Bo Miller, president of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation. “The New Science Teacher Academy engages early career teachers in an impactful way and Dow is proud to support them as they develop their teaching skills.”

The 2013 Fellows were selected on the basis of several criteria, including showing evidence of a solid science background and displaying a strong interest in growing as a professional science educator, Falk said.

For this academic year, The Dow Chemical Company, the primary sponsor of the program, will fund the participation of 194 science teachers as Dow-NSTA Fellows. The American Honda Foundation will support three science teachers as Honda-NSTA Fellows and the Amgen Foundation will support 11 science teachers as Amgen-NSTA Fellows. Astellas Pharma US, Inc. will support 14 science teachers primarily from the Chicago area as Astellas-NSTA Fellows and the Bayer USA Foundation will sponsor six science teachers as Bayer-NSTA Fellows. The remaining 15 science teachers will be supported by Lockheed Martin and named Lockheed Martin-NSTA Fellows.