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Flatebo selected to attend prestigious teachers academy

This news story was published on April 15, 2012.
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Ashley Flatebo, a local fifth grade teacher at Lincoln Intermediate has been selected to attend the 2012 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J. Ashley Flatebo is one of 200 highly-qualified third- through fifth-grade teachers from around the country selected to attend the intensive one-week, all-expense paid professional development program this summer.

A panel of educators from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) selected Ashley Flatebo to attend the Academy. The panel based their decision on her qualifications, dedication to inspiring students at an early age and her overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession.

Superintendent of Mason City Community School District Anita Micich shared, “This is an extraordinary opportunity for Ashley and an honor for our district to have her selected as one of the 200 teachers across the nation. Congrats, Ashley!”

During the Academy, which is scheduled for July 22-27, teachers discover new ways to excite students using experiments that demonstrate various math and science concepts including force, gravity and probability. The Academy curriculum works to deepen teachers’ understanding of these principles by conducting hands-on experiments that they can share with their students in the classroom.

Through, teachers from all 50 states had the opportunity to apply for this development opportunity with more than 1,000 teachers applying for the 2012 Academy. Parents and students also nominated their teacher to apply for the opportunity by sending an e-card or printing a teacher appreciation certificate from the site. The application process for the 2013 Academy is now open on

ExxonMobil partnered with Phil and Amy Mickelson, and developed in conjunction with the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions to found the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy in 2005. The Academy is designed to engage students in math and science at an early age engage to retain their interest in these subjects through college and into their careers.

“Amy and I are proud to work with our partners, ExxonMobil, the NSTA and Math Solutions to create a hands-on curriculum for teachers looking to deepen their understanding of math and science,” said PGA golfer Phil Mickelson. “We encourage all teachers to apply for this incredible opportunity so we can continue to inspire students in math and science.”

This year, more than 600 teachers will attend one of the three Academies scheduled in New Jersey, Louisiana and Texas. To date, more than 3,000 teachers have attended the Academy, impacting more than 175,000 students from across the country with the lessons and skills they learned.

To nominate local teachers for the 2013 Academy, please visit

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  1. Peter L Reply Report comment

    April 15, 2012 at 7:49 am

    I wonder if Exxon will use this time to emphasize teaching of alternative fuels and energy sources to the teachers they’re hoping to indoctrinate. Sounds like McDonald’s logic to me…get the children young so they keep your legacy alive. I’ll bet there are some propaganda videos and literature the teacher will be given to take back to the classroom.