The Knowles Teacher Initiative appointed Jeffrey Rozelle as president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 4, the Moorestown educational nonprofit announced April 7.
Rozelle joined Knowles in 2013 as a senior program officer for teacher development in the organization’s Knowles Teaching Fellows Program. He was promoted to director of the program the next year. In 2018, Rozelle was promoted to vice president of programs, and was responsible for the Knowles Teaching Fellows Program, the Knowles Senior Fellows Program and the Knowles Academy, and led efforts to launch free and discounted online and in-person professional development offerings for teachers and professional development offerings for schools and districts.
“Given Jeff’s outstanding track record of successfully growing Knowles programs, the Board enthusiastically approved his appointment as President and CEO,” Lawrence Tint, chairman of Knowles’ board of trustees, said in a statement. “We look forward to seeing him lead the organization to improve math and science teaching on a national level.”
Before joining Knowles, Rozelle worked at Syracuse University, where he coordinated its secondary science education program and served as an assistant professor of science education. At Syracuse, he also served as the co-principal investigator on two grants valued at over $2 million, and was published in the Journal of Teacher Education, Teaching & Teacher Education and American Biology Teacher, according to the Initiative.
Rozelle earned a bachelor’s in chemistry and secondary education from the University of Cincinnati, a master’s in secondary education from Miami University, and a doctorate in curriculum, teaching and educational policy from Michigan State University. He started his career in the Cincinnati Public School District, where he taught science for nine years.
“It is an honor and a privilege to lead Knowles as president and CEO,” Rozelle said. “Like my predecessor Nicole Gillespie, I will put teachers first as we strive to transform math and science education in this country.”
The Knowles Teacher Initiative, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit formerly known as the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF), was established by Janet H. and C. Harry Knowles in 1999. The organization aims to increase the number of high-quality high school science and mathematics teachers in the U.S.