Friday, May 13, 2011

Fellows announced for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship

Tags: k-12, students, teacher certification, teacher education

On May 12, 2011, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation announced the fellows who will be receiving the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowships. Twenty of these fellows will be attending the School of Education and participating in our WKKF-WW Michigan Teaching Fellowship program. The three-year fellowship is awarded to promising educators with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and mathematics—both recent college graduates and those who have been in workforce for many years. Fellows receive $30,000 to pursue a customized master’s degree program that prepares them to teach in high-need urban or rural secondary schools in seven local districts across the state.

At the announcement in Lansing, Governor Rick Snyder said "We need great teachers and great teaching to support our development of the highest quality education in Michigan. The teachers in this fellowship program will bring their much-needed expertise in key disciplines to some of our schools in which the need is greatest. We want our students to have every opportunity for success in this global economy. Greater exposure to these key subjects will provide that foundation."

Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and Sterling Speirn, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, joined Snyder at the announcement. Beth Grzelak, director of Teacher Education, represented the University of Michigan School of Education, and she was joined by Francis Winful an incoming fellow who will attend our program. The University of Michigan is one of six institutions in the state participating in the program.

The program at our school is a rigorous graduate-level, teacher education program that is complemented by “clinical” classroom experience during the pre-service year and supported with mentoring and professional development throughout the first three years of teaching. The multi-year program will blend campus and onsite learning at partner schools, grades 6 through 12, in either Battle Creek or Detroit. At the end of the first year of the program, fellows will be recommended for the Michigan provisional teaching certificate. During their first year of full-time teaching, fellows will be strongly supported by the program as they complete the remaining credits for a master’s degree in education.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation issued a news release announcing the fellows.

Our WKKF-WW Michigan Teaching fellows are:

David Anderson, Kettering University ‘04, electrical engineering
Electronics test engineer; former instrument design and sales specialist; volunteer technical director, high school theater, and high school forensics/speech coach; church youth group leader; graduate of rural high-need high school.

Adam Battle, Central Michigan University ‘07, economics, minor in mathematics
Research associate with experience in education research focused on technical assistance and disseminating teaching materials; math tutor and instructor at community college; developer of methods for tracking student progress and benchmarking.

Karen Epstein, University of Michigan ‘76, mathematics; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, organization studies ‘87 (PhD)
Visiting and adjunct lecturer at college level (operations, statistics, psychology); substitute middle and high school teacher; committee and board member for the American Red Cross and Jewish Family Services.

Susan Goerge, University of Michigan ‘78, industrial and operations engineering
Technical professional in manufacturing with over 20 years’ experience in sales, industrial engineering, and software applications; ESL instructor; mentor in the Big Sisters organization.

Georgina Johnson, University of South Florida ‘05, interdisciplinary natural sciences
Former supervisor and technical specialist in two water quality laboratories with experience in wet chemistry and bacteriology; previously an electroneurodiagnostic clinician in healthcare; test administrator/proctor for Pearson VUE testing center.

Kristen Karczewski, University of Michigan ‘09, civil engineering
AmeriCorps member serving at Warren E. Bow Elementary and Middle School; probability and statistics professor’s assistant at University of Michigan; math tutor in Albion College’s quantitative skills center.

Megan Labbate, Skidmore College ‘11 (expected), chemistry
Undergraduate researcher who helped rewrite college’s laboratory curriculum for honors general chemistry; tutor for general, organic and biochemistry; coach and athlete in Skidmore’s Nordic ski club.

Alicia Lane, Spelman College ‘07, chemistry; University of Michigan ‘08 civil/environmental engineering
Civil engineering intern, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; former NASA intern; tutor/mentor for National Society of Black Engineers, Detroit tutoring firm, and an Atlanta charter school; craftsperson.

Jo-Ann Lucas, Wayne State University ‘74, biology, minor in psychology; American University of the Caribbean ‘90, medicine (MD); Tulane University ‘91, public health (MPH)
College-level teacher for more than seven years in various biology concentrations, anatomy, physiology, nutrition and other sciences; founder and executive director of Youth and Family Services of Michigan.

Richard Olson, Michigan State University ‘94, civil engineering
Civil engineer for 15 years, with experience including land development and city planning; former Peace Corps volunteer developing water and sanitary systems, bridges, and roadways in Ecuador.

Richard Ostrowski, Western Michigan University ‘09, anthropology and environmental studies
Co-teacher for an internship at Oakland Technical Campus; volunteer reading group leader at local middle school; summer program teacher for at-risk youth; judge for local schools’ public speech contest on natural resources.

Kyle Stewart, University of Michigan ‘11 (expected), electrical engineering, minor in biophysics
Math tutor for high-need middle- and high-schoolers; college study group leader; dean’s list student, pioneering undergraduate researcher; Regents Scholar, recipient of Semiconductor Research Fellowship; computer programmer and video producer.

Nick Wasmer, Kalamazoo College ‘07, biology, minor in economics
Co-chair, Farmington Hills Beautification Commission; co-owner/manager, family landscaping business; tutor for Hispanic high school students; volunteer biology teacher in Ecuador for one month, teaching in Spanish.

Francis Winful, University of Greenwich (U.K.) ‘86, electrical and electronic engineering
Engineer/business owner in electronics, telecommunications and information technology, 19 years; innovator who introduced the first digital recording equipment for Ghanaian courts; church music director.

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