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18 May 2017

Atlanta Public Schools Teacher Among Twelve Educators Selected for National Einstein Fellowship

An Atlanta Public Schools teacher was recently named an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow by the U.S. Department of Energy and other partnering Federal agencies.

David Steele, a teacher at West End Academy, was selected as an Einstein Fellow from a nationwide pool of applicants through a rigorous application and interview process.

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 STEM educators to apply their extensive classroom knowledge and experience to their host offices to inform federal STEM education efforts. Steele and eleven other teachers from across the nation will spend 11 months serving in a federal agency or U.S. Congressional office in Washington, D.C., engaged in the national STEM education arena.

Steele reacted to his selection on Twitter with excitement.


Steel teaches an array of sciences such as biology, environmental science, physical science, and chemistry to 11th and 12th grade students at West End Academy. He is currently a doctoral candidate in science education at the University of Georgia, where he is investigating the interplay of gender norms and sexual orientation on the experiences of gay men in STEM related majors and doctoral programs. Prior to starting his doctoral studies, David received an Education Specialist in Science Education from UGA, a Master’s of Education in Biology Education from Auburn University, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology also from Auburn University.

Starting September 1st, David will serve at the National Science Foundation, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, Division of Human Resource Development.

The 2017-2018 Einstein Fellows come from K-12 schools across the country and represent diverse teaching backgrounds — with expertise in computer science, engineering, science and mathematics. Federal agencies and U.S. Congressional Offices will benefit from fellows’ real-world experience as educators. In return, Einstein Fellows will gain understanding of the role of the Federal Government in the U.S. education enterprise, knowledge of resources available to students and educators, and broader perspectives on national education issues that can be applied to the classroom or to leadership positions in their districts or elsewhere.

The AEF Program, now in its 27th year of operation, is managed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists in collaboration with the sponsoring agencies and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).

Current sponsoring agencies of the AEF Program include DOE, the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.