IRMO – Ten Lexington-Richland School District Five students have been awarded the prestigious South Carolina Teaching Fellowship.
The ten students who were selected will receive up to $24,000 in fellowship funds from this program while they complete a degree leading to initial teacher certification.
The students include: Kathryn Bishop (Spring Hill High, Lander University), Corey Corley (Chapin High, University of South Carolina), Alexis Farell (Chapin High, University of South Carolina), McKenzie Lott (Chapin High, University of South Carolina – Aiken), Caroline Mack (Spring Hill High, Clemson University), Ramsey Brynn McIntyre (Dutch Fork High, University of South Carolina), Tianna Mukendi (Spring Hill High, Winthrop University), Emily Grace Ottone (Dutch Fork High, University of South Carolina), McKenzie Ann Smith (Dutch Fork High, University of South Carolina) and Sarah Stoudemire (Chapin High, Clemson University).
Teaching Fellows participate in advanced enrichment programs at Teaching Fellows Institutions, have additional professional development opportunities, and are involved with communities and businesses throughout the state.
“It is with a great sense of pride that I mention these five students that were accepted into the Teaching Fellows program,” said School District Five Chief Instructional Officer Michael Guliano. “These students successfully completed a teacher preparation program in our high schools and now have the chance to continue their learning in college. Our goal is for these students to return to teach in School District Five upon their college graduation.”
The state’s Teaching Fellows Program, operated by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA), was established in 1999 by the S.C. General Assembly. The mission of the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is to recruit talented high school seniors into the teaching profession and help them develop leadership qualities. A Fellow agrees to teach in a South Carolina public school one year, for every year he/she receives the Fellowship.
Applicants for the program undergo a rigorous selection process that includes an online application, an interview and presentation in front of a team of three educators, and a scored response. The application emphasises academic accomplishment, school/community service and/or work experience, and leadership skills.
For more information about the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program, visit www.cerra.org/teaching-fellows.html.