Elementary School Teachers to Attend Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:00pm EDT

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* Two hundred teachers from 50 states to upgrade math and science teaching
* ExxonMobil partnered with PGA golfer Phil Mickelson to improve math and
science education 
* Academy has trained nearly 3,6000 teachers impacting more than 230,000

IRVING, Texas--(Business Wire)--
Two hundred elementary school teachers from across the United States have been
selected to attend the 2013 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, a
professional development program designed to enhance math and science teaching
skills. Participants learn how to bring science, technology, engineering and
math (STEM) to life in the classroom, to inspire students to study and pursue
careers in the critical fields. 

"Today`s teachers and students must learn how to `speak science` to ensure we
remain competitive as a nation," said PGA golfer Phil Mickelson. "The Mickelson
ExxonMobil Teachers Academy encourages teachers to use real-world examples and
in-class experiments to build excitement about STEM learning, educating the next
generation of American innovators." 

The successful educators teach third through fifth grade and were chosen from
more than 1,500 applications submitted at www.sendmyteacher.com. Selection was
based on teacher qualifications, dedication to inspiring students at an early
age and overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession. A panel of
educators from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National
Science Teachers Association selected participants to attend the national
academy, held July 22-26, 2013, at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New

The academy is an intensive, one-week, all-expenses-paid program developed in
2005 when ExxonMobil partnered with Mickelson and his wife, Amy. Launched with
support from the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions, the
initiative has trained 3,600 teachers benefiting more than 230,000 students
nationwide. In addition to the 200 teachers attending this year`s national
academy in New Jersey, 400 more teachers will attend regional academies in
Louisiana and Texas. 

"The academy reaffirmed my belief that the classroom can and should be one of
the most exciting places a child visits," said Krissy Venosdale, a teacher from
St. Louis who attended in 2012. "Educators can reinvigorate their classrooms by
sharing real-world applications of science and technology - like our country`s
space program." 

Currently, U.S. students rank 17th and 25th globally in math and science,
respectively, according to results from the 2009 Programme for International
Student Assessment. Research from the National Science Foundation shows that
eight of the 10 fastest growing job sectors require math and science skills.
Professional development in these subjects builds confidence for educators to
become further advocates for STEM while igniting a passion in their students. 

"Today`s teachers are critical to ensuring students are ready to pursue STEM
related careers, and ExxonMobil recognizes the ongoing need to support these
professionals," said Suzanne McCarron, Exxon Mobil Corporation's general manager
of public and government affairs. "The academy equips teachers with the tools
and strategies needed to build enthusiasm about math and science and develop
future scientists and engineers." 

The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is part of ExxonMobil`s long-term
commitment to education. The company supports initiatives that encourage
students to take an active interest in math and science careers, support the
professional development of highly qualified teachers and promote involvement by
women and minority students. 

For a complete list of teachers selected to attend the national 2013 Mickelson
ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, visit www.sendmyteacher.com. The application
process for the 2014 academy, which will celebrate the program`s 10th
anniversary, opens today. 

About Exxon Mobil Corporation

Globally, ExxonMobil provides funding to improve basic education, promote women
as catalysts for economic development, and combat malaria and other infectious
diseases in developing countries. In 2012, together with its employees and
retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), its divisions and affiliates, and
the ExxonMobil Foundation provided $256 million in contributions worldwide, of
which $116 million was dedicated to education. www.exxonmobil.com/community

Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation

Since its inception in 2004, the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation is focused on
supporting a variety of youth and family initiatives including the Mickelson
ExxonMobil Teachers Academy and Smart Start. The Foundation`s mission is to
operate exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes;
established as a 501(c)3, it is a non-fundraising, private foundation. For more
information visit www.PhilMickelson.com. 

National Science Teachers Association

The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the
largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and
innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership
includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors,
administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others
involved in science education. 

Math Solutions

Math Solutions, founded in 1984 by Marilyn Burns, has provided a wide range of
professional development services and resource materials to more than 500
districts, in 47 states, helping more than 100,000 teachers and administrators
across the country. For more information, visit www.mathsolutions.com.

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