FMC Sending Teachers to Entomology 2013

Madison, WI; March 26, 2013 -- Mr. Timothy Anderson of Princeton High School, Princeton, N.J. and Mr. Richard W. Shevalier III of Voorhees High School, Glen Gardner, N.J. have been awarded fellowships to work with FMC scientists this summer in Ewing, N.J., one of the world’s leading specialty chemical companies. Anderson and Shevalier were selected based on demonstrated excellence in science teaching, and an experimental and innovative attitude in their approach to teaching. Professional involvement and leadership in their chosen field and their ability to exhibit interpersonal and communication skills were also considered.

The fellows will be teamed with FMC scientists at the FMC research facility in Ewing, N.J., engaging in entomological research for the summer, which they will then transfer to the classroom in the fall. The fellowship concludes with a trip to the Entomological Society of America’s Annual Meeting in Austin, TX, where the fellows will present their program, work experiences and how they will incorporate what they have learned into their classroom.

Anderson has been teaching biology, Advanced Placement environmental science, chemistry, physics, astronomy, oceanography and earth science at Princeton High School for the past 15 years. He is the science coach for Science Olympiad, Science Bowl, Envirothon, Ocean Science Bowl, Invent Teams and Science Council, and advises the Environmental Club and Green Cup Challenge Competition. He has played an active role as the Science Team Coach for as long as he has been teaching at Princeton. Before joining public education, Mr. Anderson worked in science research and applied technology for 13 years. He earned his M.S. in Marine Environmental Science from SUNY Stony Brook, N.Y. with a focus in entomology.  Mr. Anderson hopes that through this fellowship he will be able to give his students ownership of a project, and make them feel comfortable using scientific principles and methods to solve problems.

Shevalier has been the Science Department Supervisor at Voorhees High School in N.J. for the past six years, including teaching three science classes covering topics in human anatomy, physiology and behavioral ecology. Previously, he taught a science curriculum for 18 years at North Hunterdon Regional High School including all levels of physics, biology, environmental science, honors human anatomy and physiology and advanced earth science. He earned his M.S in Biological Sciences from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his B.A in Zoology from Rutgers University Newark College of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Shevalier strives to create student-centered lesson plans that allow students to truly connect to the material and take it on as their own. 

The award is made by the Entomological Foundation to recognize and encourage science teachers to bring knowledge from the research lab back into the science classroom. Fellows receive $6,000 which includes: a monthly stipend during the eight to ten-week summer research work, travel support to attend the Entomological Society annual meeting and $500 for classroom materials to implement entomology-based science projects.

Congratulations to these exceptional educators! Follow the fellows’ progress throughout the summer on the Entomological Foundation’s website.

Companies and research institutions interested in participating in this worthwhile educational program can contact Dr. Thomas Green, Foundation board chair, at ipmworks@ipminstitute.org.