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Growing Future STEM Teachers in Maine (GFSTM) is creating new pathways for students to become highly-qualified science and math teachers at the secondary level.

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GFSTM is generously funded by the National Science Foundation.

The overarching goal of the project team is to enable high-needs schools in Maine to “grow their own” STEM teachers by recruiting and training students from these schools and having them potentially return to that school as a teacher. Project objectives include developing:

  1. new ways to increase student awareness of science teaching careers;
  2. smoother pathways to enter the science and secondary education programs at Saint Joseph’s College (SJC); and
  3. connections between SJC and high-needs Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to enable recruitment of potential teachers, placement of apprentice teachers, and support of new teachers in those schools.


Check out the new articulation agreement between SMCC Liberal Studies/science focus and the SJC Biology and Secondary Education program.

Fall 2019 Careers in Science Education Workshop. Save the dates:

  • Monday, October 28, 5:30-7:30pm, at SMCC
  • Wednesday, November 6, 5:30-7:30pm, at SJC

Learn more about opportunities to be a teacher in science education.

Three science educators from local middle and high schools will have a panel discussion of their path into the field and the benefits and challenges of teaching science in secondary schools. The workshop will also feature a small group activity and time for questions and answers.

Dinner provided!

Project Team and Funding Information

Growing Future STEM Teachers in Maine is a collaboration between Saint Joseph’s College and Southern Maine Community College and is funded by the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.  The $103,000 grant supports the program’s mission “to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers.”  The project is also partnering with Central Maine Community College, and Biddeford, Bonny Eagle, Caribou, Fort Kent, Gray-New Gloucester, Lewiston, Westbrook, and Windham High Schools.

Patrica Waters and Emily Lesher

Dr. Patricia Waters (left) and Dr. Emily Lesher (right).

Dr. Emily Lesher of SJC is the Principle Investigator (PI) on the project.  Dr. Patricia Waters (SJC) and Dr. Dan Moore (SMCC, Sciences Faculty) serve as co-PIs. Dean Anne St. Pierre (CMCC, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs) serves on the leadership team and is the lead CMCC personnel.

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