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PHS Teacher Wins Prestigious Teaching Fellowship

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PHS Teacher Wins Prestigious Teaching Fellowship
Posted on 05/08/2019
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Olivia Bean, a new science teacher at Portland High School, has won a five-year Knowles Teaching Fellowship for early-career math and science teachers, worth approximately $150,000. Bean is in her first teaching job at PHS.

Bean is an alumna of Bowdoin College, which recently made the announcement of Bean’s award.

The Knowles Teacher Initiative is  a national program of support for exceptional new teachers. The teachers are given professional development, mentoring, and financial support over five years before becoming senior fellows in the program. Approximately thirty-five new fellows are selected each year.

In an interview with Bowdoin, Bean said she is excited that, as a Knowles Fellow, she’ll be able to make new connections with fellow teachers and learn new ideas.

Bean graduated from Bowdoin in 2017 after double majoring in chemistry and education.

"I love teaching in Portland as a district," Bean told Bowdoin. "I love the community and values of the school. The people I work with are all great, and the school has diversity, which is important to me." She said she’d like to use some of the funding the fellowship provides to learn new strategies for teaching science to English-language learners.

Fellow PHS teacher Christine Braceras said, “A big congratulations to Olivia for winning the Knowles Fellowship!”

Learn more about Bean and her fellowship by clicking HERE.

Jacque Kutvirt, Casco Bay High School’s new chemistry teacher, became a Knowles Teaching Fellow last year. She joined CBHS this school year after interning there the previous year.