Tim Berto, a graduate from the program's first class of students, was recently chosen by the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation as a member of its 2016 cohort of Teaching Fellows. This year, 34 early-career, high school mathematics and science teachers were awarded KSTF Teaching Fellowships.
Tim earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from St. Norbert College in 2007 and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Michigan in 2012 prior to enrolling in the UWTeach program. This fall, he will begin his first year of teaching at Middleton High School in Middleton, Wis.
The Foundation provides support and professional development designed specifically for early-career, high school mathematics and science teachers through its signature program—the KSTF Teaching Fellows Program. With a focus on supporting teacher-led educational improvement in the classroom and beyond, KSTF Teaching Fellows gain access to a comprehensive suite of benefits for five years, including summer stipends, funds for professional development, grants for teaching materials, mentoring and support from experienced teachers and teacher educators, support for teacher leadership activities, and membership in a community of more than 300 like-minded peers in 40 states.
Tim is the fourth graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison secondary education program to earn this prestigious award. Past awardees (who graduated from the previous program) include Helen Yan (2015), Sarah Gray (2015), and Christopher Anderson (2013).