Teaching Fellowship

Changing Teacher Prep to Change Lives

The WW Teaching Fellows are ensuring that young people have the science and math literacy to participate fully as citizens in contemporary society. Fellows bring their STEM expertise to high-need classrooms across the country, receiving financial support and mentorship as they complete a specially designed master’s degree at one of the program’s partner universities.

Through the WW Teaching Fellowship, C&S also brings together higher education institutions, state and local policy makers, and school districts to reshape how teachers are prepared and to create a better pipeline of STEM educators to serve the students in their states.

THE CHALLENGE:

Difficulty recruiting, preparing, and retaining math and science teachers for high-need schools

THE FELLOWS:

1104 Fellows have begun their teaching careers in six U.S. states: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.

THE IMPACT:

Young people gain science literacy, critical thinking skills, and a pipeline to STEM careers.

I knew there were programs that would allow me to come into the classroom as a professional with an engineering background, but I wanted the teacher training. I valued that and I think that the job is far too important to not have that background.

Tamara Markey
Tamara Markey 2014 Fellow, 2019 Indiana Teacher of the Year

Using Technology to Engage Students

Derikson Rivera is a biology teacher at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School in Lethonia, GA. Through grant funding, Mr. Rivera purchased technology equipment like virtual reality headsets to help his students explore STEM in new ways. Many of the Teaching Fellows use technology to engage their students in new and exciting ways.

Math & Science Literacy Critical for Today’s Young People

To participate fully in careers and society today, all young people need to develop math and science literacy—yet many of the nation’s high-need schools find it difficult to attract and retain STEM teachers who have the preparation and resources to work with their students. The WW Teaching Fellowship not only readies individuals with strong math and science backgrounds to teach in these schools, but also works to reshape the university programs that prepare them. Fellows receive a stipend to complete a specially designed, cutting-edge master’s degree program, in exchange for a commitment to teach for three years in high-need secondary urban or rural schools. Many Teaching Fellows continue in the classroom far beyond the three year requirement.

Featured Fellows

Leslie Dunham, 2015 Fellow

Leslie Dunham, 2015 Fellow

Leslie is a science teacher at McClure Health Science High School in Duluth, GA. She holds a Ph.D. in physics.

Matt Oney, 2012 Fellow

Matt Oney, 2012 Fellow

Matt is an academic specialist at Michigan State University. He taught physics, chemistry, and biology at the high school level for seven years.

Sharita Ware, 2011 Fellow

Sharita Ware, 2011 Fellow

Sharita is a STEM teacher at East Tipp Middle School in Lafayette, IN. She is the 2021 Indiana Teacher of the Year.

Brandon Washington, 2018 Fellows

Brandon Washington, 2018 Fellows

Brandon is a tech education teacher at Hamilton West High School in Hamilton, NJ.

Strong Pipelines of Excellent Teachers

The WW Teaching Fellowship has helped transform teacher preparation in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Nearly 1,480 Fellows have been a part of the program. Citizens & Scholars’ total commitment to the Teaching Fellowship is more than $100 million nationally.

More Fellowship Opportunities

Learn more about our other Fellowship opportunities for scholars & education leaders.

For Scholars & Education Leaders