Knowles Elects Science Education Researcher and Distinguished Physician and Researcher as Trustees

MOORESTOWN, NJ, September 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Knowles Teachers Initiative announced the appointment of dr. Melissa Braaten and dr. Steve Emerson to its board of directors. Dr. Braaten and Dr. Emerson were elected to the May 13 annual meeting of its board of directors.

“Dr. Braaten and Dr. Emerson are very accomplished in the fields of science and education,” said Tint Lawrence, Council of Knowles Chairman of the Board of Directors. “As trustees, they will draw on their vast experience to provide invaluable guidance as we strive to improve the teaching and learning of math and science in the United States”

Dr. Braaten is an associate professor of science education and co-chair of the Elementary to Middle School Teacher Education Program. University of Colorado, Boulderwhere she has worked since 2016. Previously, she worked as an assistant teacher and director of the high school science education program at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Braaten has authored or co-authored more than 20 journal articles and book chapters. She has notably co-authored a widely read and influential book, An ambitious scientific education (2018), via Harvard Education Press. Dr. Braaten holds a BS in Microbiology and an MS in Education, both from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a Ph.D. in the curriculum and teaching and teaching of the sciences of University of Washington. Before obtaining her doctorate, she taught elementary, middle and high school science for 13 years at Texas and in South of Seattle.

“The Knowles Teacher Initiative invests not only in teacher learning, but also in teacher leadership to transform math and science education for every student. This investment is a game-changer for teachers and their students – it is why I am committed to serving on the board,” said Dr. Braaten.

Dr. Emerson graduated summa cum laude from Haverford College in 1974 with a double major in philosophy and chemistry. He obtained a master’s degree in molecular biophysics, a doctorate. in cell biology and immunology, and an MD from Yale University. After graduating from YaleSteve was on the faculties of University of Michigan and Harvard Universitybefore joining the faculty of University of Pennsylvania. There he served as the Francis C. Wood Professor of Medicine, Pathology, and Pediatrics, and served as Chief of Hematology/Oncology and Associate Director of Clinical/Translational Research at the Abramson Center. Dr. Emerson was President of Haverford College from 2007 to 2011, after which he served as Director of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at New –Presbyterian Hospital/Colombia University Medical Center. Now semi-retired, he teaches middle school math at Friends Central School in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.

“From my experience as a scientist, doctor, teacher and parent, I know how important inspiring teachers are to young math and science students,” said Dr Emerson. “They can make all the difference in our children’s future lives and careers, their happiness and their abilities to contribute to our society. I am delighted and honored to work with the leaders of the Knowles Teacher Initiative on the Board of supportive administration of the dozens of current and future members of Knowles Teacher Fellows whose lives and careers they so directly support.”

About the Knowles Teachers Initiative

The Knowles Teacher Initiative is a nonprofit organization that supports a national network of math and science teachers who are collaborative and innovative leaders improving education for all students in United States. We strive to create an education system led by teachers who are equipped to solve tough problems and respond to local challenges to serve all students in our country. For more information, visit

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