At Mabel I. Wilson School in Cumberland, second-grade teacher Nancy S. Chesley has received numerous grants for such innovative projects as using folk tales to teach science concepts and demonstrating what happens to toys in microgravity, her primary-level adaptation of NASA's "Toys in Space" program. Mrs. Chesley's students conduct research for the University of New Hampshire's Forest Watch program, studying the effect of air pollution on New England's white pines. They also use a microscope, a large-screen monitor and hands-on activities to learn about microorganisms through Boston University's Microcosmos Program. She is a member of the district's curriculum, instruction and assessment design team and is president of the Maine Science Teachers Association. Mrs. Chesley is a recipient of both the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
1988 University of Southern Maine, M.S.
1980 University of Southern Maine, B.S.