Currently, U.S. students rank 17 th and 25 th globally in math and science, respectively, according to results from the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment. Research from the National Science Foundation shows that eight of the 10 fastest growing job sectors require math and science skills. Professional development in these subjects builds confidence for educators to become further advocates for STEM while igniting a passion in their students.“Today’s teachers are critical to ensuring students are ready to pursue STEM related careers, and ExxonMobil recognizes the ongoing need to support these professionals,” said Suzanne McCarron, Exxon Mobil Corporation's general manager of public and government affairs. “The academy equips teachers with the tools and strategies needed to build enthusiasm about math and science and develop future scientists and engineers.” The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is part of ExxonMobil’s long-term commitment to education. The company supports initiatives that encourage students to take an active interest in math and science careers, support the professional development of highly qualified teachers and promote involvement by women and minority students. For a complete list of teachers selected to attend the national 2013 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, visit www.sendmyteacher.com. The application process for the 2014 academy, which will celebrate the program’s 10 th anniversary, opens today. About Exxon Mobil Corporation Globally, ExxonMobil provides funding to improve basic education, promote women as catalysts for economic development, and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries. In 2012, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), its divisions and affiliates, and the ExxonMobil Foundation provided $256 million in contributions worldwide, of which $116 million was dedicated to education. www.exxonmobil.com/community Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation Since its inception in 2004, the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation is focused on supporting a variety of youth and family initiatives including the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy and Smart Start. The Foundation’s mission is to operate exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes; established as a 501(c)3, it is a non-fundraising, private foundation. For more information visit www.PhilMickelson.com. National Science Teachers Association The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education. Math Solutions Math Solutions, founded in 1984 by Marilyn Burns, has provided a wide range of professional development services and resource materials to more than 500 districts, in 47 states, helping more than 100,000 teachers and administrators across the country. For more information, visit www.mathsolutions.com.