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Friday, March 26, 2010

Michele Snyder

Plattsburgh, NY…….Michele A. Snyder, associate professor of science at Clinton Community College, from Morrisonville, NY, has received a Lucile Cornetet Individual Award for professional development from The Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation. This award will enable Michele to attend the 2010 National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual International Conference. Dr. Judith Raybern, Educational Foundation Board of Trustees Chair, announced today that The Foundation awarded $19,934 to outstanding educators to enable them to attend professional activities in their respective fields.

Michele Snyder teaches coursework in biology and serves as science outreach coordinator at CCC. Her efforts have moved science beyond the classroom into the community by initiating a variety of science educational programs for area youth including A Day of Science Exploration for 5th grade students, the Champlain Valley Regional Science Fair, and summer programming for middle and high school students in robotics and biotechnology. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in science education Curriculum and Instruction through the Department of Educational Theory and Practice at the University of Albany, Albany NY.

Michele states “As a reflective practitioner, knowing and understanding how research can inform practice is an important component of my teaching philosophy. Attending this research conference will broaden and better develop my understanding of the current science educational research and not only inform my practice in the classroom, but also the programming offered to our community through the college’s science outreach initiative.”

A bequest The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International from the Lucile Cornetet estate was the basis for establishing the Lucile Cornetet Professional Development Fund in 2005. Miss Cornetet, a long-time educator in Ohio, died in 2001.

The Educational Foundation supports and encourages intercultural understanding and educational excellence. Established in 1964, the Foundation is a non-profit organization located in The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International headquarters in Austin, Texas. The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, established in 1929, is an honorary organization for women educators with more than 107,000 members in 17 countries.