Kirk Teacher Fellow

Kirk Teacher Fellow

Heather Essig
Science Teacher
Visitation Academy

Over the next three years, Heather Essig will take on the role of bringing evolution education to teachers across St. Louis as the “David and Marilyn Kirk Teacher Fellow.” Essig teaches AP Biology and 6th grade science at Visitation Academy and has 12 years of education experience.

After a 15-year leave, Essig returned to teaching, instantly rekindling her love for education. “The Institute for School Partnership really helped me that first year get caught up on changes in biology that had occurred while I had been away from the classroom,” Essig said.  “The Modern Genetics materials were a lifesaver during that first year.”

As she gained more experience, Essig began participating in the ISP’s Evolution Education events, started by David Kirk, PhD. “Dr. Kirk is a wonderful educator who has given local teachers great opportunities to build relationships and learn about current science,” Essig said. “Every time I attend, I learn amazing things that I can share with my students.”


The Evolution Education program at the ISP 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. Through their generous endowment, the ISP is able to support the teacher fellowship, as well as the annual Darwin Day celebration and Darwin Book Club.

Evolution education resources



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