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West Fargo High's Strand Designated as Albert Einstein Educator Fellow

West Fargo, ND – (May 11, 2022) – Michelle Strand, a science teacher at West Fargo High School, is one of fifteen science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers from across the country to be named a 2022 – 2023 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow.

As a fellow, she will spend eleven months serving in a federal agency or U.S. congressional office in Washington, D.C., engaged in the national STEM education arena. The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K – 12 STEM educators to apply their extensive classroom knowledge and experiences to their host offices to further inform federal STEM education efforts. In it’s 32nd year of operation, this is the first time an educator from North Dakota has received the fellowship.

The 2022-2023 Einstein Fellows come from K – 12 schools across the country and represent diverse teaching backgrounds, with expertise in science, engineering, computer science and mathematics. Federal agencies and U.S. congressional offices benefit from Fellows’ real-world experiences as educators. In return, Einstein Fellows gain understanding of the role of the federal government in the U.S. education system, knowledge of resources available to students and educators, and broader perspectives on national education issues that can be applied to the classroom or to leadership positions in their districts or elsewhere.


The AEF Program is managed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists in collaboration with the sponsoring agencies and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). Sponsoring agencies for this year’s fellowship include DOE, the Library of Congress, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


Stephanie Hansen
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