Fred Hopkins, who teaches 6th grade Science and Language Arts at Eureka Springs Middle School, was chosen to participate in the 2012 Siemens STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Institute this summer. Fifty Fellows selected from middle and high schools across the nation will spend a week at the world headquarters, in Iselin, NJ, of Discovery Communications where they will be immersed in hands-on STEM professional development.
An active member of the Arkansas Geographic Alliance, Hopkins served as a teacher-consultant and presenter. He attended the National Geographic Society Alliance Leadership Academy and received a distinguished teaching award from the National Council for Geographic Education, is a graduate of the Arkansas Leadership Academy and was a finalist for Arkansas Teacher of the Year in 2000.
Hopkins has been a four-time recipient of the Arkansas Community Foundation SIMS (Science in Middle School) grant. He currently serves as vice-president of the Eureka Springs Carnegie Library Board of Trustees. "I look forward to enhancing and boosting my own skill set as a teacher and bringing back an array of new skills and strategies to benefit my students," he said on receiving the prestigious recognition.