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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)
Layla Allen Raeford
Pranav Arrepu Concord
Ashlyn Barbee Zebulon
Madison Beddingfield Arden
Morgan Bellanger Winston-Salem
Lucy Bergwall Durham
Jocelyn Berry Hendersonville
Lindsey Blackwell Mt. Holly
Lisa Bohn Chapel Hill
Katherine Bone Cary
Dominique Boseman Burlington
Samantha Bowen King
Glen Brain Burlington
Rachel Brinson Edenton
Hopelyn Bursell Albemarle
Myah Childs Fayetteville
Brittani Clark Durham
Kayley Clifton Garner
Nicole Confroy Apex
Caitlin Corle Asheville
Lauren Dailey High Point
Jaclyn Deal Hiddenite
Tara Dorsett Raleigh
Madison Drumheller Vale
Kayly Duran Locust
Ariana Ehuan Chapel Hill
Alyssa Eickler Wake Forest
Anna Faulk Cerro Gordo
Molly Feezor Lexington
Madison Findley Fuquary-Varina
Taylor Fipps Willow Spring
Elizabeth Foushee Graham
Christopher Fyfe Waxhaw
Katelin Gagliano Fuquary-Varina
Howard Glover Charlotte
Gabrielle Groom Raleigh
Stephanie Guill Ringgold, VA
Samuel Hammett Kernersville
Amanda Hansen Apex
Daniel Harmon Apex
Jessica Harvey Asheville
Jennifer Henderson Siler City
Abria Herring Greensboro
Abigail Hester Gastonia
Nancy Hindman Durham
Anna Hinson Haw River
Carl Hintz Chapel Hill
Kaelyn Hixson Asheville
Madison Horn Rural Hall
Jana Hunter Salemburg
Kelly Hunter Fairfield
Ethan Jenkins Cerro Gordo
Anne Johnson Apex
Alyssa Johnson Kannapolis
Anna Johnson Apex
Julia Johnson Raleigh
Madeleine Jones Wake Forest
Spencer Joseph Tyner
Allison Kauffman Asheboro
Brittany Kennon Clayton
Mihir Khadri Cary
Kathryn King Hendersonville
Bradley Kozelek Cary
Wesley Lemons Clemmons
Makayla Lewis Garner
Madison Liddle Harrisburg
Amber Long Roxboro
Shana Loudermelk Taylorsville
Mary Lovins Boone
Jacob Matson Matthews
Harrison McLamb Roseboro
Lisandra Mejia Zionville
Anson Millard Youngsville
Emma Miller Apex
Jessica Moore Lenior
Cameron Moore Raleigh
Ainsley Moore Salisbury
Paula Murray Burlington
Michelle Neish Sanford
Isabella Nunez Charlotte
Kate O’Neill Gastonia
Katelyn Orzechowski Frederick, MD
Samantha Penny Collegeville, PA
Amber Petrusa Apex
Jasmine Pham Apex
Emma Pickard Graham
Hannah Pittman Shallotte
Alexis Porter Gastonia
Gracie Prevette Ronda
Elizabeth Pridgen Kenly
Alexandra Ramirez-Tinoco Siler City
Jackson Ray Edenton
Kailey Rea Pine Level
Josh Reddick Sophia
Jennifer Riggs Winterville
Jazmin Rivera Cary
Sophia Rupkalvis Southport
Savanna Rush Boomer
Erin Russell Taylorsville
Virginie Santiago Carthage
Kayleigh Saunders Ramseur
Sydney Schmalzried Fuquary Varina
Keisha Schmitt Sanford
Kayla Schmitz Apex
Emma Schneider Asheville
Brittany Scott Nashville
Caitlin Shepherd North Wilkesboro
Alexis Shires Lincolnton
Amanda Shroyer Matthews
Rachel Simmons Morrisville
Kiya Simpson Rolesville
Jillian Slowinski Greenville
Grace Snipes Cary
Noelle Stam Morrisville
Mackenzie Stender Apex
Virginia Stevens Bennett
Evan Stewart Efland
Kailee Storie Raleigh
Amanda Swearingen Durham
Marissa Thomas Sanford
Mikayla Thompson Whitakers
Nathaly Trinidad Asheboro
Mackenzie Trollinger Mebane
Madelyn Tyrrell Matthews
Josiah Vanderkin Cary
Rachel von Sprecken Bolivia
Julia Ward Williamston
Lori Washington Charlotte
Grace Weatherston Matthews
Kaitlynn Wells Sanford
Alora Wilson Bakersville
Abby Yount Mocksville
Abigail Zentmeyer Kannapolis

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.