Dr. Angelo Collins, KSTF’s Founding Executive Director
In the United States, approximately half of all secondary teachers leave the profession within the first five years. Deeply committed to retaining talented, dedicated teachers in the field, Angelo envisioned a program that would help combat this trend.
Angelo spent her first full year with the foundation meeting with experts and researchers in science and mathematics education identifying the needs that KSTF might meet. Her findings on how best to recruit, cultivate and support beginning high school teachers led to the creation of the KSTF Teaching Fellowships in 2002. Today, the foundation supports over 200 Teaching Fellows and alumni across 40 states in the fields of biology, physical science and mathematics teaching. KSTF maintains a steady teacher retention rate of 95% over the five years of the fellowship.
From the beginning, Angelo made research and evaluation an integral part of KSTF. Under her leadership, the foundation established the KSTF Research Fellowships (2005-2010) to support early career scholars engaged in critical research relevant to the recruitment, preparation, induction, mentoring and retention of high quality mathematics and science teachers. Collectively, KSTF Research Fellows have authored or co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and 10 book chapters and received several prestigious awards from their universities and/or major educational research associations. In 2006, KSTF held the Knowles Conference series inaugural meeting at Wingspread in Racine, WI. The written documents produced during the conference resulted in an edited book entitled The Continuum of tScience Teacher Preparation: Knowledge, Questions, and Research Recommendations (Collins & Gillespie, 2009). A companion conference for mathematics was held in 2008. In addition, Angelo served as co-editor (along with J Randy McGinnis) of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching from 2005-2010.
Angelo spent the first 15 years of her distinguished career in education as a high school science teacher. From 1988 to 1990, she was the Director of the Teacher Assessment Project at Stanford University. From 1993 to 1995, she served as Director of the National Committee on Science Education Standards and Assessment at the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council in Washington, DC. Angelo was an Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College from 1996 to 2000.
Angelo earned a bachelor of science degree from Marian University of Fond du Lac, and a master of science degree from Michigan State University. She was awarded her PhD at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Angelo’s awards include the Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Edgewood College. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Educational Research Association. In 2012, Angelo assumed the Taft Endowed Chair in STEM Education at East Carolina University.