FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2019
CHAPEL HILL, NC – The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Commission has selected 133 individuals for the 2019 class of North Carolina Teaching Fellows. The Commission received over 200 applications. The commission used GPA, standardized test scores, leadership and experience, and written essays to narrow this pool of applicants down to roughly 150 finalists. The commission determined the list of Fellows after conducting in-person interviews with each finalist, which were held at six different locations around the state or by phone.
Those named as Fellows may attend any of five partner institutions: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, North Carolina State University, Elon University or Meredith College.
“The North Carolina Teaching Fellows program is recruiting and supporting our state’s best and brightest to enter fulfilling careers in our schools,” said Dean Mary Ann Danowitz of N.C. State, the commission’s chair. “I congratulate each Teaching Fellow on their achievement. Their success will contribute to a promising future, because their talent and dedication will help increase student success in North Carolina’s classrooms.”
The following individuals have been named as 2019 Teaching Fellows:
|Name||City (in N.C. unless noted)|
|Lindsey Blackwell||Mt. Holly|
|Lisa Bohn||Chapel Hill|
|Lauren Dailey||High Point|
|Ariana Ehuan||Chapel Hill|
|Alyssa Eickler||Wake Forest|
|Anna Faulk||Cerro Gordo|
|Taylor Fipps||Willow Spring|
|Stephanie Guill||Ringgold, VA|
|Jennifer Henderson||Siler City|
|Anna Hinson||Haw River|
|Carl Hintz||Chapel Hill|
|Madison Horn||Rural Hall|
|Ethan Jenkins||Cerro Gordo|
|Madeleine Jones||Wake Forest|
|Katelyn Orzechowski||Frederick, MD|
|Samantha Penny||Collegeville, PA|
|Alexandra Ramirez-Tinoco||Siler City|
|Kailey Rea||Pine Level|
|Sydney Schmalzried||Fuquary Varina|
|Caitlin Shepherd||North Wilkesboro|
|Rachel von Sprecken||Bolivia|
The mission of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is to recruit, prepare, and support the state’s most promising students to attend North Carolina's top education programs. Fellows will receive up to $4,125 per semester in forgivable loans if they commit to teach in a STEM or a special education area. The program is specifically designed to attract high-quality teachers to low-performing schools by offering an accelerated loan forgiveness schedule for Teaching Fellows who agree to teach in a low-performing school in North Carolina.
The Commission is comprised of four deans from educator preparation programs, teachers, principals, a member from business and industry and a local school board member. The NC Teacher of the Year, Principal of the Year, Superintendent of the Year, Chair of the State Education Assistance Authority (SEAA) Board of Directors and Director of the Teaching Fellows Program all serve as ex-officio members of the Commission.
North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program Highlights:
The application for prospective Teaching Fellows will be made available in early October.
The amount of the forgivable loan is up to $4,125 per semester.
Any student with a high school, associate’s or bachelor's degree is eligible. Even students who wish to transfer or change their majors are eligible.
In order to qualify for loan forgiveness, Fellows are required to serve one year in a low-performing school or two years in another public school for every year they were awarded a loan. Fellows who leave the profession have 10 years to pay back the loan.