Second cohort of Woodrow Wilson teaching fellows at Kennesaw State University announced
Bagwell College of Education, in partnership with the College of Science and Mathematics, continues to provide STEM teachers for Georgia’s high-need schools
KENNESAW, Ga. (Jun 9, 2016) — At the state capitol June 1, Gov. Nathan Deal announced the second class of Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellows, a program designed to close the achievement gap and provide all students with high-quality teachers.
The highly competitive program recruits recent graduates and career changers with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math – the STEM fields – and prepares them to teach in high-need secondary schools.
“The Woodrow Wilson Fellowship is about putting well-trained, committed educators in not only the fields of highest demand in our technology-driven age, but in the schools of highest need here in Georgia,” Deal said. “STEM education plays a critical role in our state’s competitiveness and future economic prosperity and the most important thing we can do for our students in this field is ensure they have effective teachers. This opportunity for teachers is leading to a brighter future for students as they prepare for the 21st century workforce.”
Sixty individuals are part of the second cohort, which is offered at Kennesaw State University, Columbus State University, Georgia State University, Mercer University and Piedmont College during the 2016 – 2017 academic year.
Kennesaw State fellows include:
- Tammy Borngessser
- Marshai Waiters
- Michael Sanderson
- Lily Appleton
- Kendall Schlundt
- Michael Fusia
- Natasakia Wayne
- Wesley Queen
- Ruth Richir
- Savannah Bell
- Amanda Barrett
“Our second cohort will add four new math teachers, one new chemistry teacher, five new biology teachers and two new physics teachers, where there is a critical shortage,” said Desha Williams, project director.
Each fellow receives $30,000 to complete a specially designed, cutting-edge master’s degree program based on a yearlong classroom experience. In return, fellows commit to teach for three years in the urban and rural Georgia schools that most need strong STEM teachers. Throughout the three-year commitment, fellows receive ongoing support and mentoring.
The university partners, selected in a statewide review by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, have spent the past year and a half tailoring their teacher preparation programs to meet the fellowship’s standards for intensive clinical work and rigorous related coursework. All five participating universities received $400,000 matching grants to develop their teacher preparation programs based on standards set by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. For each of the program’s three years, the participating Georgia colleges and universities will be able to enroll 12 fellows, totaling 180 fellows over that three-year period.
“Under Governor Deal’s leadership, Georgia has demonstrated a strong commitment to identifying, recruiting and preparing top candidates for STEM teaching careers throughout the state,” said Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. “Across the nation, we hear of struggles to get exemplary teachers, particularly those who teach subjects like science and math, to serve in high-need schools. Through the hard work of the governor, the legislature, partner universities, and local school districts, we are working together to ensure Georgia’s urban and rural communities have the strong teachers our children need to learn and succeed in the 21st century. Together, we are committed to meeting the staffing needs of Georgia’s high-need schools."
About the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Founded in 1945, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (www.woodrow.org) identifies and develops the nation’s best minds to meet its most critical challenges. The Foundation supports its Fellows as the next generation of leaders shaping American society.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.