200 Teachers Selected to Attend the National Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

Teachers from Every State Applied for the Opportunity by Visiting www.sendmyteacher.com

Apr 1, 2009 - 10:39 AM EDT

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IRVING, TEXAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy today announced that 200 third- through fifth-grade teachers from across the country have been selected to attend the national Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy to be held at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey. The selection of the teachers from applications submitted at www.sendmyteacher.com marks the first time that the five-year-old professional development program has chosen teachers from all 50 states.

To kick off the announcement, PGA golfer Phil Mickelson surprised Houston teacher Amanda Santana at The Rice School by announcing her selection at a school assembly.

“Having Phil Mickelson personally surprise me with this exciting news is an experience that I will never forget,” said Santana, a fifth-grade teacher at The Rice School in Houston. “I’m thrilled to be attending the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy this summer and look forward to learning new ways to teach math and science to my students.”

Teachers selected for the National Academy will participate in an intensive one-week, all-expense paid professional development program designed to provide them with innovative skills to teach math and science in the classroom The teachers selected through applications submitted at sendmyteacher.com were chosen by a panel of educators from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) based on their qualifications, dedication to inspiring students at an early age and overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession.

“Given the overwhelming response from teachers seeking to enhance their understanding in math and science education we are thrilled to be able to host a truly National Academy,” said Phil Mickelson, co-founder of the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. “Working with ExxonMobil, we designed the Academy to be an exciting learning experience that will provide more teachers with tools to inspire students in these critical areas at such an important time in our nation’s history.”

In 2005, ExxonMobil partnered with Phil and Amy Mickelson, the NSTA and Math Solutions to launch the innovative, hands-on professional development program designed to help teachers engage students in math and science at an early age. Since its inception, the Academy has instructed more than 1,400 teachers from at the three annual Academies impacting more than 30,000 students. In addition to the National Academy, two additional Academies will also be held in Texas and Louisiana.

“As a company, we recognize that if our nation is to remain globally competitive then we must equip students with a solid foundation in math and science at an early age,” said Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation. “To meet this challenge it is vital that we provide teachers with the innovative tools to develop the next generation of science savvy citizens and that is where the Mickleson ExxonMobil Academy can play an important role.”

In April 2008, the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy launched an interactive Web site to expand professional development opportunities to teachers nationwide. Since its launch, more than 1,600 teachers from all 50 states logged on to the site to apply for the opportunity. Students were also encouraged to nominate their teacher to apply for the opportunity by sending an e-card or printing a teacher appreciation certificate from the site.

Based on the positive response the Send My Teacher site received from teachers, the Academy will extend the opportunity to teachers again this year. The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy encourages teachers to apply to attend the 2010 Academy by visiting www.sendmyteacher.com.

About ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil is the world's largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, providing energy that helps underpin growing economies and improve living standards around the world. ExxonMobil also engages in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and science in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations. In the United States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives to improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education levels. In 2008, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation, its divisions and affiliates, and ExxonMobil Foundation provided $225 million in contributions worldwide, of which more than $89 million was dedicated to education. Additional information on ExxonMobil’s community partnerships and contributions programs is available at www.exxonmobil.com/community.

Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation

Phil and his wife, Amy, teamed up with the ExxonMobil Foundation to develop a new and innovative program to improve science and math education in elementary schools. The program -- The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy -- offers advanced training in science and mathematics instruction for elementary school teachers chosen from the communities around the country where Mickelson will be playing tournaments. Web site: www.PhilMickelson.com.

National Science Teachers Association

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of more than 55,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education. Web site: www.nsta.org.

Math Solutions

Math Solutions, founded in 1984, 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. Web site: www.mathsolutions.com.

Teachers selected for 2009 Mickelson ExxonMobil National Teachers Academy include:

Mary Ackerson – Glerum Elementary School • West Olive (MI); Susan Agate – Solomon Schechter Day School • Evanston (IL); S. Jill Allen – Walton Elementary School • Durham (ME); Jeanette Althouse – Sutton Elementary School • Saronville (NE); Tina Arenas – Biscayne Elementary Community School • Miami Shores (FL); Jacquelyn Ashby – Sumrall Elementary School • Petal (MS);Allison Bakken – Cecelia Hazelton Elementary School • Townsend (MT); Jeannie Ballard – Paul H. Cale Elementary School • Charlottesville (VA); Tonya Barber – Rustburg Elementary School • Altavista (VA); Cassandra Barnes – Sojourner School • Milwaukie (OR); Donna Barton – Cedar Hills Elementary School • Middleburg (FL); Kristy Batchelor – Frontier Valley Elementary • Denver (CO); Mary Bearkland – Allen Road Elementary School • North Syracuse (NY); Allison Bemiss – Briarwood Elementary School • Bowling Green (KY); Linda Berryhill – Centerville Elementary School • Terrell (TX); Angel Bestwick – Dallas Elementary School • Harveys Lake (PA); Pamela Bishop – Coker Elementary School • Chatsworth (GA); Elissa Borges – Gastineau Elementary School • Douglas (AK); Joseph Branco – Morris K. Udall School • Phoenix (AZ); Jim Brant – Blair Mill Elementary School • Doylestown (PA); Theresa Brawley – Fairmont Elementary School • Fresno (CA); David Brinson – Fair Street IB World School • Gainesville (GA); Britni Brooks – Dresden Elementary School • Atlanta (GA); Cindy Brown – Horace Mann Elementary School • Woodward (OK); Dana Brown – Pebble Creek Elementary School • College Station (TX); Heather Brown – Lake Wylie Elementary School • Fort Mill (NC); Andrea Broyles – Corbin Elementary School • Corbin (KY); Martha Buffington – A. L. Smith Elementary School • Monroe (LA); Ross Bussell – Mesilla Park Elementary School • Las Cruces (NM); Jacky Byatt – Budewig Intermediate School • Houston (TX); Shylonda Cameron – L. O. Kimberly Elementary School • Atlanta (GA); Amy Carneyhan – Trigg County Intermediate School • Cadiz (KY); Trinica Carpenter – Nancy Reynolds Elementary School • Pfafftown (NC); Alaine Catanio – George Y. Komure Elementary School • Stockton (CA); Zachary Champagne – Mandarin Oaks Elementary School • Jacksonville (FL); Lara Chapman – Giddings Intermediate School • Dime Box (TX); Greg Chapuis – Oakridge Elementary School • Arlington (VA); Jillian Cheney – Kankakee Valley Intermediate School • Wheatfield (IN); Heather Cherry – Tony Goetz Elementary School • Muskogee (OK); Kimberly Chiappone – Highland Elementary School • Hamburg (NY); Holly Chilek – Bonner Elementary School • Tyler (TX); Rewa Chisholm – Robles Elementary School • Tampa (FL); Jennifer Chotard – Bayyari Elementary School • Fayetteville (AK); Nicole Cindrich – Brookside Elementary School • Brewster (NY); Carey Cleer – Mills Elementary School • Hobbs (NM); Allison Cohen– Loker School • Wayland (MA); Kahlea Collins – Frazier Preparatory Academy • Chicago (IL); Joni Cooke – Turner Elementary School • Turner (ME); Patricia Craddock – Little Oak Middle School • Slidell (LA); Sue Curry – Braden River Elementary School • Bradenton (FL); Ian Cutler – Clifton Elementary School #12 • Hopatcong (NJ); Jennifer Daftari – Jay Elementary School • Grove (OK); Julie Dally – Crittenden County Elementary School • Marion (KY); Cathy Darley – East Omak Elementary School • Omak (WA); Tomekia Darrisaw – Diamond Lakes Elementary School • Augusta (GA); Tamara Daugherty – Lakeville Elementary School • Orlando (FL); Joseph DeBell – Ellis B. Hyde Elementary School • Geneseo (NY); Denise Dennis – Kate Sullivan Elementary School • Tallahassee (FL); Amy DeWitt – J.V. Washam Elementary School • Cornelius (NC); Raegan Dillon – Howard Elementary School • Savannah (GA); Keri Dowdy – Sedalia Elementary School • Sedalia (KY); Candy Duff – Taylor Ranch Elementary School • Venice (FL); Matthew Dunckel – Stevens Brook Elementary School • Bridgton (ME); Julie Dwyer – Forts Ferry Elementary School • Waterford (NY); Natalie Eckhart – Lovelia P. Flournoy Elementary School • Manhattan Beach (CA); Susan Edwards – Kettle Falls Elementary School • Kettle Falls; Ann Ehler – Manatee Elementary School • Viera (FL); LuAnn Engleman – Kimberlin Academy for Excellence • Garland (TX); Joseph Espinosa – Hooper Avenue Elementary School • Alhambra (CA); Micki Foster – Lamar County Elementary School • Griffin (GA); Jean Fox – Boeckman Creek Primary School • Sherwood (OR); Corrie Freeman – Hardin Park Elementary School • Boone (NC); Kathleen Gaare-Wiese – Creal Springs School • Herrin (IL); Gilberto Garcia – Budlong; Avenue Elementary School • La Puente (CA); Jennifer Gates – Powers Ferry Elementary School • Marietta (GA); Karen Gemmer - Jefferson Elementary• San Francisco (CA); Shannon Gonzalez – Jefferson-Hunt Elementary School • Calimesa (CA); Steve Goodpaster – Station Camp Elementary School • Hendersonville (TN); Kristin Gray – Rehoboth Elementary School • Lewes (DE); Eva Graves – Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School • Charlotte (NC); Stacey Greene – Hopi Elementary School • Phoenix (AZ); Christina Guasto – Jay W. Jeffers Elementary School • Las Vegas (NV); Tiffanie Hackworth-Suder – Camargo Elementary School • Mount Sterling (KY); Stefanie Hamble – John F. Kennedy Elementary School • Jeffersonville (VT); Dennis Harris – Greensboro East Elementary School • Greensboro (AL); Rosemarie Harris – Grandview School • Piscataway (NJ); Todd Hartwig – Brown Street Academy • Milwaukee (WI); Andrea Hayden – Spring Creek Elementary School • Laramie (WY); Christa Hays – Discovery Canyon Campus • Colorado Springs (CO); Joyce Henk – Green Valley Elementary School • Keller (TX); Jenny Hewitt – The Pomfret School • South Royalton (VT); Louisa Hodges – Bethany Christian School • Baker (LA); Laura Hollins – College Hills Elementary School • College Station (TX); Lauren Horsfall – Chester Academy • Derry (NH); Adrian Howie – South Breeze Elementary School • Newton (KS); Terry Howie – Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal School • Memphis (TN); Yelena Hunt – Gadsden Performing and Fine Arts Academy • Rincon (GA); Els Jacobse – Juarez Elementary • San Diego (CA); Nandi Jno-Charles – C. J. Hicks Elelmentary School • Conyers (GA); Mariah Johnson – Henry School District • Henry (SD); Mary Johnson – Griffith Elementary School • Jasper (TN); Allison Jonas – Lankershim Elementary School • Chatsworth (CA); Martha Kazmierczak – Central Elementary School • Sturgis (MI); Pam Kiper – Bledsoe Co. Schools • Pikeville (TN); Kasie Kline – Mittelstadt Elementary School • Spring (TX); Kate Kniss – Velma Linford Elementary School • Laramie (WY); Jolene Kratz – Cub Run Elementary School • Harrisonburg (VA); Yau-Jau Ku – Enrichment Academy at Western Hills • Northglenn (CO); Abigale Lane – Sojourner School • Portland (OR); Tami Lemire – Mulberry Elementary School • Houma (LA); Laurie Lesh – Greenwood School District • Liverpool (PA); Cathy Leverette – McKay Elementary School • Beaverton (OR); Amy Lockhart – Malcolm Price Laboratory School • Denver (IA); Gloria Lopez-Rangel – Joslin Elementary School • Austin (TX); Julie Lyons – Tice Elementary School • Houston (TX); Linda Martin – Dogwood Elementary School • Middleburg (VA); Nancy McClintock – Center for Creative Learning • Clayton (MO); Karen McCollister – Minshew Elementary School • McKinney (TX); Demetria McCreary – Eastern Wayne Elementary School • Goldsboro (NC); Elizabeth McEvoy – El Toyon Elementary School • National City (CA); Sally McGuire – Greensboro West Elementary • Greensboro (AL); Willie McIntyre – Morris Middle School • Houston (TX); Kelly Mills – Ekron Elementary School • Guston (KY); Gina Monger – Bowers Elementary School • Massillon (OH); Susan Moore – Henry R. A. Carey Elementary School • Middletown (RI); Katie Morgan – Coyote Hills Elementary School • Glendale (AZ); Shayann Moses – Jay W. Jeffers Elementary School • Henderson (NV); Dianne Nelson – Huntley Hills Elementary and Montessori School • Roswell (GA); Terrica Newby – Instructional Resource Center • Ivor (VA); Marsha Newman – McMillan Elementary School • Salt Lake City (UT); Nicole O'Banion – Greensburg Elementary School • Campbellsville (KY); Erin O'Bryant – Emerson Parkside Academy Charter School • Irvine (CA); Carrie ONeil – Highcrest Elementary School • Wethersfield (CT); Melissa Oyloe-Bauer – Stony Creek Elementary School • Williston (ND); Lauren Paquette – Burton Elementary School • Ferndale (MI); JoAnn Parizek – Jupiter Elementary School • Jupiter (FL); Diana Pasuth – Franklin School • New Haven (CT); Betsy Penn – Kate Sullivan Elementary School • Tallahassee (FL); Norma Perez – Fred R. Sanders Elementary School • Corpus Christi (TX); Anna Potterat – Marymount School of New York • New York (NY); Michelle Priester – Clay County Elementary School • Fort Gaines (GA); Breigh Rainey – Zachary Elementary School • Gonzales (LA); Kim Ramsey – George B. Longan French Magnet • Kansas City (MO); Robert Rand – Cyber Village Academy • Minneapolis (MN); Michelle Rastetter – Central Elementary School • Mansfield (OH); Trista Read – Copper Ridge School • Phoenix (AZ); Nashua Rhinehart – Frontier Elementary • Glendale (AZ); Liza Rickey – Clark Elementary School • Issaquah (WA); Donna Rivers – Cherokee Elementary School • Pascagoula (MS); Chris Rogers – Harbins Elementary School • Bethlehem (GA); Lauren Sabo – Glendale-Kenly Elementary School • Garner (NC); Kim Sanders – Iroquois Point Elementary School • Ewa Beach (HI); Amanda Santana – The Rice School • Stafford (TX); Minerva Santerre – Frank C. Martin K-8 International Center • Miami (FL); Carmela Scaravalle – Neil Armstrong Elementary School • Prospect Heights (IL); Jessica Schenck – Chief Kamiakin Elementary School • Sunnyside (WA); Brooke Scott – Sandlapper Elementary School • Columbia (SC); Regina Scott – Creekside Elementary School • Greenwood (IN); John Paul Sellars - Knightsville Elementary School • Summerville (SC); Maria Shepherd – Glassell Park Elementary School • Santa Clarita (CA); Faith Shiver – Jerger Elementary School • Thomasville (GA); Jeanette Shropshire – Scanlan Oaks Elementary School • Missouri City (TX); Katie Siemieniec – Minooka Intermediate School • Gardner (IL); Carol Skousen – Twin Peaks Elementary School • Holladay (UT); Allison Slattery – Bonsall West Elementary School • Vista (CA); Brudget Smith – Cayuga Elementary School • West Babylon (NY); Eva Lyn Smith – Lincoln Elementary School • Plainfield (IL); Barbara Sohler – Valley Catholic Elementary School • Beaverton (OR); Erin Sponaugle – Tomahawk Intermediate School • Martinsburg (WV); Mirandi Squires – Johnsonville Elementary School • Hemingway (SC); Janis Sramek – Gulfstream Elementary School • Princeton (FL); Nancy St. Germain – E. S. Richardson Elementary School • Sibley (LA); Monteigne Staats – Fredericksburg Elementary School • Boerne (TX); Lisa Starling – Bucknell Elementary School • Alexandria (VA); Lisa Stevens – Trigg Intermediate School • Cadiz (KY); Laura Storm – Spoede Elementary School • St. Louis (MO); Sarah Stout – Phelps Luck Elementary School • Frederick (MD); Yvonne Strange – Lake Murray Elementary School • Irmo (SC); Debra Strong – Forest View Elementary School • Everett (WA); Stephanie Sumner – The Dorset School • Dorset (VT); Judith Sweet – Lakeview Elementary School • Old Hickory (TN); Erik Taylor – City Academy • St. Louis (MO); Deborah Thompson – Dodge Renaissance Academy • Chicago (IL); Lisa Thompson-Weber – Brunson Elementary School • Clemmons (NC); Sean Torchia – Nebo Elementary School • Dallas (GA); Brian Torres – Aloha-Huber Park Elementary School • Portland (OR); Anne Tunney – Jefferson Elementary School • Erie (PA); Margaret Turlington – Union County Elementary School • Blairsville (GA); Julia Vincent – Colonies North Elementary School • San Antonio (TX); Barbara Vukas – Sherwood Forest Elementary School • Federal Way (WA); Janene Weaver – Fruitland Intermediate School • Emmett (ID); Betsy Weigle – Holmes Elementary School • Spokane (WA); Diane Wied – Giddings Intermediate School • Round Top (TX); Vickie Weiss – City School • Grand Blanc (MI); Katrice Williams – William Lee Hastings Elementary School • Dallas (TX); Marybeth Williams – John C. Mead Elementary School • Ansonia (CT); Merry Willis – Carmel Elementary School • Woodstock (GA); Anne Marie Wotkyns – John B. Monlux Elementary School • Northridge (CA); Marie Wright – The River School • Washington (DC); Tony Zini – Ralph E. Hawes Elementary School • Irvine (CA)

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