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Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

Today, in fields like medicine, computing and energy, the U.S. needs more brilliant young minds than ever before.

Yet, as the need for brainpower grows, the number of our nation’s young people pursuing careers in these areas is decreasing. Fortunately, we believe this trend can be reversed, which is why we partnered with professional golfer Phil Mickelson and his wife Amy, to launch the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy in 2005.

Each summer, 600 third- through fifth-grade teachers from school districts across the country attend the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. The Academy offers a five-day program in New Jersey, Texas and Pennsylvania, designed to provide teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to motivate students to pursue careers in science and math.

“Today’s teachers and students must learn how to ‘speak science’ to ensure we remain competitive as a nation,” said PGA golfer Phil Mickelson. “The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy encourages teachers to use real-world examples and in-class experiments to build excitement about STEM learning, educating the next generation of American innovators.”

Two of the leading teacher-training organizations in the U.S., Math Solutions Professional Development, founded by Marilyn Burns, and The National Science Teachers Association, design the curriculum, provide instructors and manage the daily activities and logistics of the Academy.

Since 2005, 4,500 educators from around the country have attended the Academy impacting more than 300,000 students. To learn more about how teachers can be nominated, or apply to attend, visit www.sendmyteacher.com.

Today’s teachers and students must learn how to ‘speak science’ to ensure we remain competitive as a nation.

PGA golfer Phil Mickelson

About sendmyteacher.com

The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy works with local superintendents to select teacher teams from communities where Phil Mickelson plays on the PGA Tour or where ExxonMobil has operations.

Beginning in 2008, the Academy expanded opportunities for teachers across the country to apply to attend by launching sendmyteacher.com, an interactive website that allows students to nominate their third- through fifth-grade teacher to be one of the 200 teachers selected to attend the national Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, a week-long educational program for teachers (at least one from every state) to hone their math and science skills and excite their students in these subjects.  

Students can send their teachers an electronic note or print out a certificate to encourage them to apply for the program. Teachers are also able to self-nominate for consideration.

The application period for the 2015 Academy is currently open, with applications due November 16, 2014. At that time, the National Science Teachers Association and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics will convene a panel of math and science experts to evaluate the entries and select teachers who will attend the 2015 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. Selections will be announced in April 2015.

To learn more about the Academy, nominate a teacher or apply to attend, log on to www.sendmyteacher.com.

To hear what others are saying about the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy:

Congressional Testimony
Phil Mickelson testifies on math and science education before the House Education and Labor Committee.

Bloomberg TV
Phil Mickelson and ExxonMobil’s Emil Jacobs discuss teaming up to create a development program for teachers.

Today Show
Phil Mickelson discusses his partnership with ExxonMobil to host the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy each year and proves that math and science are all around us—even in a game of table tennis.

NYSE Bell Ringing
Phil and Amy Mickelson ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange alongside 2013 Academy participants and ExxonMobil.

Frequently asked questions

Q. What is the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy?

A. The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is a five-day professional development program for third- through fifth-grade educators. Phil and Amy Mickelson and ExxonMobil created the Academy to provide selected teachers with the opportunity to enhance their mathematics and science teaching skills and discover new ways to motivate their students in these subjects.

Q. Where is the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy?

A. The 2015 Academies will be held in Houston, Texas; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Jersey City, New Jersey.

Q. What is the selection process for participating teachers?

A. For the Houston and Pittsburgh Academies, invitations are extended to selected school districts based on Phil Mickelson's PGA Tour schedule and major ExxonMobil work locations. Each participating district then nominates between five to 10 educators to represent their district at the Academy.

In addition, teachers can also apply for one of the open seats for the 2015 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy by completing an application at www.sendmyteacher.com. More questions and answers about this process can be found below.

Q. Who is coordinating the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy?

A. Math Solutions Professional Development, founded by Marilyn Burns, and The National Science Teachers Association design the curriculum and manage the day-to-day activities and logistics of the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. Academy instructors are mathematics and science educators with years of classroom experience.

Q. Does the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy need additional resources or partners?

A. The Academy does not need additional assistance at this time. All resources have been provided by Math Solutions Professional Development and the National Science Teachers Association.

Q: How do teachers apply for the chance to attend the 2015 Academy?

A: The application is only available online at www.sendmyteacher.com.

Q: Can a teacher self-nominate?

A: Yes. The teacher simply needs to fill out the application at www.sendmyteacher.com for consideration.

Q: If a teacher applied previously but was not selected, can that teacher re-apply?

A: Yes. The teacher simply needs to complete another application at www.sendmyteacher.com.

Q: Which of the three Academies will teachers selected from the sendmyteacher.com process attend?

A: Teachers selected through the sendmyteacher.com process will attend the 2015 Academy at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ. The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy pays for travel, lodging, food and all other related expenses for participating teachers.

Q: When is the 2015 Academy at the Liberty Science Center?

A: The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy that takes place at the Liberty Science Center occurs in the summer, usually in late July. As the dates are finalized, the information will be posted here and at www.sendmyteacher.com. Please check back for the 2015 dates soon.

Q: When is the deadline for submitting applications for the Academy?

A: The last day to apply for the 2015 Academy is November 16, 2014. Selected teachers will be notified in April 2015.

Q: How will the teachers be selected for the 2015 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy?

A: A panel of teachers from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) will review the applications received. After reviewing the applications, the panel will select the teachers.

Q: How will teachers find out if they have been selected for the 2015 Academy?

A: Teachers will receive notification directly from the National Science Teachers Association in April 2015.