Core principles of KSTF commitment to teachers
Each year, KSTF awards Teaching Fellowships to exceptional young men and women committed to teaching science and mathematics in United States high schools. We believe the commitment to teaching merits the deepest respect and support. Our Teaching Fellowship is designed explicitly to meet the needs of teachers from the time they begin working on a teaching credential through the early years of their career.
We recognize that learning to teach is a life-long process, with critical benchmarks and challenges along the way. The first few years of teaching are particularly difficult. Faced with a sense of professional isolation, lack of support and mentoring, and the perception that teaching is a second-rate profession, approximately half of all secondary teachers in the United States leave the profession within five years.