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Winthrop Alumna Destinee Johnson '14 Receives KSTF Fellowship

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 KSTF Fellows receive support through teaching resources, curriculum materials, research and experts in the field.
 Johnson will begin teaching high school chemistry in her hometown of Anderson, South Carolina, this fall.

Destinee Johnson

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Winthrop University alumna Destinee Johnson ’14 has secured an esteemed Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) Fellowship.

As a 2015 Knowles Fellow, Johnson will receive support through teaching resources, curriculum materials, research and experts in the field during the five-year program. Established by Janet H. and C. Harry Knowles, KSTF develops and supports exemplary science and mathematics high school teachers.

The Anderson, South Carolina, native said that she is “excited” to begin her high school teaching career with support from the KSTF Fellowship.

“The Knowles Fellowship will provide support for me to travel to conferences hosted by the National Science Teachers Association or the American Chemical Society, where I can share my work and collaborate with other high school chemistry teachers,” said Johnson. In addition, the fellowship will allow Johnson to attend professional development meetings – three per year – with other KSTF Fellows.

Beginning in August, she will be a first-year teacher at Westside High School in Anderson, where she will teach college prep and honors chemistry classes.

Johnson earned her B.S. in biochemistry at Winthrop. She is pursuing her master’s degree at Stanford University in California, where she is a teacher candidate in the Stanford Teacher Education Program. As an undergraduate, Johnson was a McNair scholar, service learning coordinator in the Winthrop University Honors Association, president of Omicron Delta Kappa, an Emerging Leader and a West Center fitness instructor.

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