There are 10 Lexington-Richland School District Five students who have been awarded the prestigious South Carolina Teaching Fellowship.
The students who were selected will receive up to $24,000 in fellowship funds from the program while completing a degree leading to initial teacher certification.
Students who were awarded the fellowship 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
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 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.”
South Carolina's Teaching Fellows program is operated by the center for educator recruitment, retention and advancement (CERRA). It 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 emphasizes academic accomplishment, school/community service and/or work experience and leadership skills.