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Our mission: Improve STEM education by developing talented, early-career teachers into teacher leaders.


About KSTF

The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation was established by Janet H. and C. Harry Knowles in 1999 to increase the number of high quality high school science and mathematics teachers and ultimately improve math and science education in the United States. To achieve this mission, KSTF awards exceptional early-career high school science and mathematics teachers with five-year Fellowships, empowering them to become master teachers and leaders in education. To date, there are more than 250 Teaching Fellows and Senior Fellows across 42 states. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve STEM education by developing talented, early-career teachers into teacher leaders. Through our Teaching Fellows, Senior Fellows and Research & Evaluation programs, we work to improve STEM education by:

  • Developing outstanding secondary science and mathematics teachers,
  • Being a catalyst for Fellows to become leaders in the teaching profession,
  • Generating and sharing crucial knowledge to help build the teaching profession and improve STEM education, and 
  • Building and sustaining a national professional network that strengthens the STEM teaching profession.

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KSTF integrates the best of current thinking and research in math and science education to provide an exceptional level of support to the most accomplished individuals entering the teaching profession. This approach will allow KSTF to make a significant difference in the U.S. educational system.

C. Harry Knowles, KSTF
Founder and Chairman
Board of Trustees