Eureka Springs teacher Hopkins selected as national STEM Fellow

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Carroll County News

Eureka Springs Middle School teacher Fred Hopkins has been selected, along with 49 other educators from across the country, for a Siemens Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, fellowship this summer.

Hopkins, who teaches 6th grade science and language arts, will be able to participate in the 2012 Siemens STEM Institute this summer, spending a week at the world headquarters of Discovery Communications, where he and the other Fellows will be immersed in hands-on STEM professional development.

After the Institute, the Fellows will serve as STEM ambassadors in their schools and communities as they continue working together on STEM projects and empowering peers with the tools and knowledge gained from the Institute.

At Eureka Springs, Hopkins teaches an integrated curriculum where science drives the literacy, with a strong emphasis on writing and non-fiction reading, he says.

Hopkins graduated from West Chester State University in West Chester, Penn. He has more than 20 years experience in both private and public school teaching.

As an active member of the Arkansas Geographic Alliance, Hopkins has served as a teacher-consultant and presenter. He has attended the National Geographic Society Alliance Leadership Academy and has received a distinguished teaching award from the National Council for Geographic Education.

Hopkins is a graduate of the Arkansas Leadership Academy and was a finalist for Arkansas Teacher of the Year in 2000. He is a four-time recipient of the Arkansas Community Foundation Science in Middle School grant. He currently serves as vice-president of the Eureka Springs Carnegie Library Board of Trustees.

"I am excited and honored to have been chosen as a STEM Fellow," Hopkins said. "I look forward to enhancing and boosting my own skillset as a teacher and bringing back an array of new skills and strategies to benefit my students. I hope to serve as both a model STEM teacher and ambassador to my community and school district."

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