Tom Jenkins Selected for Einstein Fellowship

Tom Jenkins Selected for Einstein Fellowship
Posted on 05/06/2022
Jenkins selected for Einstein Fellowship

Greenon Schools STEM Teacher Mr. Tom Jenkins was selected to serve as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow for the 2022-2023 school year. 

Mr. Jenkins is one of just 15 STEM teachers across the nation selected for this prestigious fellowship program. He will be hosted by the Department of Defense Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division.

"Through his tireless pursuit of opportunities and resources, Mr. Jenkins demonstrates to our Greenon Knights every day just how far their passion and hard work can take them," said Superintendent Darrin Knapke. "We are proud of his selection as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Fellow and look forward to seeing how his new adventure will be shared with his students to inspire them in the classroom and beyond."

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 STEM educators to apply their extensive classroom knowledge and experiences to their host offices to inform federal STEM education efforts.  Federal agencies and U.S. Congressional Offices will benefit from Fellows’ real-world experiences as educators. In return, Einstein Fellows will gain an understanding of the role of the Federal Government in the U.S. education enterprise, knowledge of resources available to students and educators, and broader perspectives on national education issues.

"I always want my students to know that although we may be a small school, there are big opportunities out there for them," said Mr. Jenkins. "I'm honored to be able to share this incredible experience with my students and colleagues and to incorporate it into my classroom to continue creating engaging STEM learning opportunities for Greenon students."

Mr. Jenkins will take a sabbatical from Greenon for the 2022-2023 school year and is excited to spend eleven months in Washington, D.C. undergoing intensive professional development and exploring future opportunities.

Tom Jenkins has taught for 25 years, including 23 years at Greenon Local Schools. He is a graduate of Wright State University (Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, 1997; Master’s Degree in Science Teaching, 2000) and holds a Secondary Engineering Education degree from the University of Cincinnati, 2018.

The Einstein fellowship is the latest in a long list of extraordinary initiatives Mr. Jenkins has pursued. In January of 2022, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent to the Greenon InvenTeam®, a group of teachers and students led by Mr. Jenkins. Greenon students and educators on the school’s 2019-2020 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam received the patent for their invention of a net system to reduce man-made debris in local waterways, created through the prestigious Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam program.

In 2021, Mr. Jenkins was named the 2021 Ohio State Board of Education District 10 Teacher of the Year and a finalist for both 2021 Ohio State Teacher of the Year and 2021 Ohio Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Rotary Club of Springfield, Ohio in 2020.

Previously, Mr. Jenkins served as a Science Laureate with Boeing and The Teaching Channel, a role that allows him to work with educators around the world, lead curriculum design and development teams, and have the opportunity to collaborate with leading engineers and scientists.

In 2018, Mr. Jenkins served as a NOAA Teacher at Sea and in 2014, he was one of 24 educators selected to be a SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador for NASA.

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