Kirk Teacher Fellow

Deirdre ‘Didi’ Noelker
Science Teacher
Villa Duchesne

Over the next three years, Deirdre ‘Didi’ Noelker will take on the role of bringing evolution education to teachers across St. Louis as the “David and Marilyn Kirk Teacher Fellow.” Noelker is chair of the science department at Villa Duchesne High School, a private, Roman Catholic school in Frontenac.

The more I teach, the more I realize evolution weaves through everything I teach in biology,” Noelker says. “Everything I teach in biology comes back to evolution. It doesn’t matter what subject. We can make a connection in some fashion.”

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The Evolution Education program at the Institute for School Partnership is made possible by David and Marilyn Kirk. David Kirk, PhD, is a professor emeritus in the Department of Biology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University. The pair established the ISP Kirk Teacher Fellowship with the purpose of empowering a science teacher to act as a leader in evolution education in the St. Louis area. Through their generous endowment, the ISP is able to support not only the teacher fellowship, but also the annual Darwin Day celebration and Evolution Education Book Club.

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Evolution education resources



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