Jeffrey Milbourne

Fellowship Placement: Capitol Hill
Cohort: 2014-2015

Jeff Milbourne taught high school physics in North Carolina for 10 years prior to his fellowship. As a physics instructor, he emphasized real-world problem solving, scientific communication, and team building, with the end goal of preparing his students for the complex challenges they will face in the 21st century. During his career, Jeff achieved National Board Certification (2009) and won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching (2013).

Jeff served in the office of US Congressman Mike Honda, where he handled the Congressman’s education portfolio during the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Jeff worked with his colleagues to draft and introduce legislation that would advance STEM and civics education, reform school financing systems, and improve teacher preparation. Portions of the Congressman’s bills, including the STEM Master Teacher Corps, were incorporated into the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Since completing his fellowship, Jeff finished his PhD in Science Education, where he studied complex problem solving with high school physics students. He has published multiple papers in peer-reviewed journals, and served as an advisor to the US Department of Education, as well as national advocacy groups like 100kin10 and the AAPT.

He is currently an advisor for former Congressman Mike Honda.