Stephanie Horner Toney, who is completing the master's
education degree program at Coastal Carolina University, has been
selected for an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship. She
is one of 10 individuals selected from a national pool of candidates by
the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
The Einstein Fellows program is designed to offer outstanding
public or private elementary and secondary mathematics, technology and
science teachers the opportunity to serve in the national public policy
arena. Fellows bring to Congress or appropriate branches of the federal
government the insights and practical experience of the classroom
teacher. The Fellows provide a "real world" perspective to policy
makers and program managers developing or managing educational
As an Einstein Fellow, Toney will work for 10 months in the Office
of Science Education at either the DOE or on Capitol Hill from Sept. 1
to June 30, 2002. The Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology
Education assists in the administration of the Einstein Fellowship
"I hope to use this fellowship to make a bigger impact outside the
classroom," said Toney. "In the next 10 years, I see a radical shift
coming in terms of how we teach our children. I believe online
education will become much more prevalent at the secondary education
level. We cannot just keep building new schools. In the near future, I
believe children may go to school perhaps three days a week and use the
other two days to do coursework and research on their computers at
home. We need to start preparing for that change now."
Coastal offers six master's programs of study in education.
"The education faculty at Coastal are the best I have encountered
in taking educational theory and applying it to the classroom setting,"
said Toney, who is earning a master's degree in elementary education.
"They challenge your ability and mind and provide an excellent
Toney is a teacher and team leader at Leesville Road Middle School
in Raleigh, N.C., where she has taught science and math since 1994.
>From 1987 to 1994 she taught and held specialist positions at Fred J.
Carnage Middle School in Raleigh, N.C. Toney has seven educational
publications from her tenure as a public school teacher. Prior to her
teaching career she worked as an associate scientist for Northrop
Services and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at Research
Triangle Park in North Carolina. She co-authored nine publications from
her work at EPA and Northrop.
Toney earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 1978 and MBA in
1987 from Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C. Her educational background
also includes graduate course work in genetics at North Carolina State
University, and education course work for teacher certification from