U.S. Satellite Laboratory announces the Glen Schuster Memorial Scholarship, open to all PK-12 CLASSROOM Teachers. One teacher will be awarded entry to the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project where the awardee will take 3 graduate level STEM courses and a implement a leadership project, to earn a certificate in STEM Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.
The application period is open from October 15th to November 20th. The award will be announced on or before December 11th. The awardee should be prepared to accept and commit no later than December 5th and join our Spring 2020 Cohort, beginning mid-January. No monetary value will be given should the selected educator not accept the award.
Monica Nonaka is currently a 4th grade teacher at Konawaena Elementary School in Kona, Hawai’i. She has been an educator for over 14 years serving in a variety of roles at the school and district levels. Monica currently teaches her school’s after school robotics club and serves as the coordinator for the West Hawai’i VEX IQ League. She believes that STEM education is a great way to engage all learners and works to infuse these types of practices into her teaching.
Monica lives with her husband Dylan, an Army Reserve Captain and Realtor, and their two sons, DJ and Mason. As a family they enjoy going to the beach and deep water fishing on her father’s boat. Monica spends her time outside of school supporting her boys in all of their sports and activities as well as dancing hula, doing graphic design work, reading, and gardening.
After looking into ways to further her STEM content knowledge, Monica was delighted to come across the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate program and instantly knew it would be a perfect fit for her. She is excited to be the awardee of the Glen Schuster Memorial Scholarship and looks forward to interacting with content experts and collaborating with other teachers while diving deeper into the Next Generation Science Standards. She is hopeful that the experiences she has will provide engaging and meaningful opportunities for the students that she is has the privilege to teach.
Charles Canestaro is a Physics Teacher from Cortland, NY. He is currently in his fifth year in education, teaching Regents, Honors, and AP Physics. He graduated with his Master’s Degree in Adolescence Education: Physics and Mathematics from The State University of New York, College at Cortland, where he was the Outstanding Senior Physics Major. At Cortland Senior High School, he coaches the Science Olympiad Team and advises the High School Student Council. His greatest feeling of joy as a teacher is seeing the look of wonder on his students’ faces during demonstrations and discussions. His wife, Cassey, teaches first grade right down the road from their house. He has two cats, Arya and Calla, a dog, Zuzu, and is expecting his first child, a boy, due in March. In his free time Charles likes to read, exercise, cook, and renovate his 120-year-old Victorian brick “fixer-upper” house. After reading about the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project, Charles was blown away by the variety of experiences he’d be exposed to in current STEM education, particularly in the application of engineering and design practices in the class, the utilization of current research in STEM to drive instruction, and incorporating NASA experiences into his practice. As a district currently transitioning to the New York State Science Learning Standards, he hopes to gain experience in both elementary and secondary STEM education to help lead Cortland into the next generation of science standards as well as create memorable experiences in his physics classes for his students.