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May 3, 2010

Two Local Teachers Named Honeywell Educators

Will Take Part in Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala.

(BUFFALO, NY – April 28, 2010) Two Buffalo educators enrolled in SUNY Empire State College’s Master of Arts in Teaching program have been selected to take part in The Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy program. The two teachers are Tricia Andrzejewski and Jeffrey Welton, both of whom will graduate this year. Andrzejewski is currently teaching seventh and eighth grade math at Buffalo Elementary School of Technology (BPS No. 6). She previously taught at Harriet Ross Tubman (BPS No. 31). Welton teaches at Grabiarz Middle School, (BPS No. 79) as an eighth grade math teacher.

Created in partnership with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in 2004, the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy program is designed to provide math and science teachers with supplemental teaching techniques through real-life astronaut training and innovative educational tools, according to a statement on Honeywell’s website.

The program runs from June 13 to July 3, 2010 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. The teachers each get a full scholarship from Honeywell to attend the program. Over the years, 1,100 teachers from all 50 states and 36 countries have participated.

Andrzejewski saw fliers about the program posted at her school. “I went online and completed the application process,” she says. In an effort to make math and science more interesting to students, Andrzejewski hopes the space academy will give her ideas for teaching math across the curriculum. Welton similarly said he hopes “to get a lot of exciting, real-world lessons and activities I can use to excite the students in my classes. The math becomes more meaningful and interesting if it can be tied to something relevant and real,” he says.

“There are 220 teachers from 19 countries and 46 states and we had two third-year M.A.T. students accepted,” says Tina Wagle, chair of the college’s Master of Arts in Teaching program in Buffalo. “It is great for the college because it shows the teachers’ initiative to apply and their desire for lifelong learning in terms of developing their practice as K-12 educators. It is great for the M.A.T. program because they are role models and they will be able to share their knowledge not only with their students, but with our fellow M.A.T. students as well.”

“The Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy program gives teachers a unique experience that heightens their ability to become even more effective educators,” said Thomas Buckmaster, president, Honeywell Hometown Solutions, of which the space academy program is a part. “Especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, it is critical that teachers are given the opportunity to reinvigorate their classrooms with an evolved teaching style that helps provide students with an engaging and unforgettable learning experience.”

SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, seminars, residencies and online courses. They also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience. The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide with 34 locations in New York state and online. For more information, visit www.esc.edu.