FUND FOR TEACHERS

Believing the teacher knows best how they can make a better impact in their classroom, Fund for Teachers awards fellowships for self-designed professional growth to PreK-12 teachers who recognize the value of inquiry, the power of knowledge, and their ability to make a difference.
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Students at Valley Charter School Elementary in North Hills, CA, got a jump on Earth Day when they sponsored a fundraiser for the Cheetah Conservation Fund last month. Inspired by the 2013 fellowship of their teacher, Jennifer Meylan, students came up with the idea of creating and selling temporary cheetah tattoos as part of their unit on endangered animals.

Jennifer writes about her fellowship experience:

"This past summer I traveled to Namibia for 15 days to volunteer with Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) through Earthwatch. My goal was to deepen my understanding of life sciences, scientific fieldwork, and animal conservation and bring that knowledge back to the classroom.
Saving the wild cheetah encompasses more work than I had originally thought. Not only do CCF’s orphaned or injured cheetahs need to be taken care of, local communities need to be educated, wildlife policies need to be altered, and sustainable practices with local wildlife need to be improved.

During my time with CCF, I participated in many aspects of the work that needs to be done in order to ensure the survival of the wild cheetah. I went on game drives and participated in a 12-hour water hole count in order to do ecological wildlife survey. I was involved with cheetah husbandry, cleaning cheetah pens, picking up cheetah scat, as well as preparing food for CCF’s releasable and non-releasable cheetahs. I hunted for wild cheetah scat on walks and with scat-detecting dogs. (Scat is considered to be “Black Gold” by CCF because it provides invaluable information about a cheetah’s diet and health.) I even burned cheetah scat in order to complete prey hair analysis. I have also participated in a cheetah health exam, where a wild cheetah was anesthetized for an annual cheetah checkup. I even heard the cheetah’s heart beat!

Undoubtedly, this fellowship was a life changing experience. Participating in Cheetah Conservation Fund’s efforts really opened my eyes to the plight of the wild cheetah. I returned with great enthusiasm and motivation for teaching. I now have a renewed passion for teaching science, global citizenship and conservation. My understanding of the scientific fieldwork and the scientific process deepened. I understand animal conservation on a much deeper level. CCF’s efforts are a blend between scientific research, sustainable practices, education and community building. It is a practice I’m brought to my school community.

As a result of this experience, I developed a curricular unit that focuses on the inquiry element of scientific progress and how that relates animal conservation. Students deepen their understanding of the  scientific process and become global citizens and stewards of the world’s natural resources. My students are sharing their learning with the school community, resulting in the service learning project benefiting CCF. In Namibia I published a blog (www.jennfermelyan.com) and shared with my school community. My experience has fostered interest from fellow educators who are looking to grow their curriculum through similar means.”

Every year, stewardship of our planet inspires many FFT fellowships. Today, we celebrate Earth Day and these 2014 Fellows’ commitment to ensuring that environmentalism isn’t something their students honor simply one day of the year:

ALABAMA

Amanda Keesee, Megan O’Neill, Spanish Fort High, Spanish Fort
Conduct environmental investigations in Hawaii that incorporate the cultural values of kuleana (responsibility), malama (caring) and laulima (cooperation) to cultivate students’ STEM skills.

CALIFORNIA

Debbie Bennett, Megan Swanson - Calabasas High, Calabasas
Investigate the importance of conservation in the face of increasing human-wildlife conflict in Southern Africa to incorporate the study of conservation into a unit that emphasizes the Next Generation Science Standards’ science and engineering practices.

Tricia Wilkerson - Stanford Middle, Long Beach
Research the Kokua Hawaii Foundation’s Reduce-Reuse-Recycle program on Oahu and Kauai to educate students about the 3R’s and create an effective and lasting environmental program on campus.

HAWAII

Wrayna Fairchild - Kealakehe Elementary, Kona
Conduct site visits at four New Zealand schools and attend a teacher workshop hosted by a marine-focused environmental education and action group to learn strategies for preserving a native culture while working toward island environmental sustainability.

ILLINOIS

Kevin Krakovsky - Lincoln Park High, Chicago
Accompany the Earthwatch Institute expedition ‘Of Mountains and Marmots: Climate Change in the French Alps’ to engage in science as an active process, connect urban students to nature and provide them tools to approach science with a critical eye in regards to environmental issues.

MARYLAND

Megan DeRitter - Monarch Academy, Glen Burnie
Foster a relationship with a Peace Corps classroom in Guatemala to explore developing recycling and trash management systems and environmental education within two distant communities using a local and global perspective.

MASSACHUSETTS

Kristen Cacciatore, Mandy Dillingham - East Boston High, Boston
Investigate the impact of climate change on Iceland’s society, educational system and natural environment to develop instructional resources that empower students to address climate change and its impacts on Boston.

Tim Gay, Boston Latin
Conduct atmospheric research alongside NOAA scientist Dr. John E. Barnes at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii to understand how the earth’s atmosphere is changing and develop related scientific case studies to enrich the environmental science curriculum. 

MINNESOTA

Rita Dahl - Horace Mann School, Saint Paul
Observe and document polar bears in their natural summer tundra environment of Hudson Bay, Canada, to inform a shared social studies/science research writing project for Grade 3 Writer’s Workshop.

Jeannie Robert - Red Wing High, Red Wing
An educator expedition to the Amazon rainforest through the Minnesota Zoo to incorporate inquiry-based exploration and STEM-based problem solving and connect Biology and Environmental Chemistry students’ lives/actions with global issues of the world.

NEW JERSEY

Mike Monteleone - Delsea High, Franklinville
Conduct marine biology, ecology and marine conservation in the Florida Keys to expose students to the ecological relationships between species in coastal marine environments and demonstrate how science is a verb.

NEW YORK

Dorothy Ahoklui, Josaine Richards, Melissa Williams -
Frederick Douglass Academy VI High, Rockaway

Investigate the environmental impact of illegal gold mining in Ghana, West Africa, to conduct a student-led case study on the effects of natural vs. man-made disasters.

Juliette Crupi - Williamsburg Prep, Brooklyn
Volunteer with Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms utilizing permaculture techniques in Italy and Spain to share hands-on farming practices that inspire Urban Farming students to cultivate creative methods for growing healthy foods in an environmentally friendly closed system.

Nicole Niewald - KIPP NYC College Prep High School, Bronx
Evaluate ecotourism practices in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand to create interdisciplinary case studies that allow AP Environmental Science students to see the interconnectedness of economics, polictics and the environment.

Katie Jungers, Claire O’Connor - NY Lab School for Collaborative Studies, New York City
Join a scientific expedition monitoring the health of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in Belize to obtain data and insight that facilitate students’ understanding of environmental threats as expressed through the writing of argumentative essays.

Hillary Kelkenberg, Beth Smallwood - Tapestry Charter School, Buffalo
Journey to iconic geological features in the western United States to create a digital series of on-site geology lessons that promote familiarity with extreme conditions/structures within our country and compare these with less extreme processes that occur locally.

OHIO

Tracy Greeley Howard - Woodward Career Tech High, Cincinnati
Join an educators’ expedition across Costa Rica to document ever-changing ecosystems and local communities’ dedication to preserving these environments to demonstrate relationships
between people and places in relation to biodiversity.

OKLAHOMA

Kathy Harding - Peters Elementary, Broken Arrow
Investigate volcanic structures and temperate rain forests of the Pacific Northwest to enrich student awareness of environmental conflicts and support 3-5 grade curriculum on plants/rocks, land/water and ecosystems.

RHODE ISLAND

Kayleigh Carvalho - The Greene School, Greenwich
Experience a summer residency in the Green Mountains of Vermont to study the life and poetry of Robert Frost and inform a poetry and writing unit focused on environmental literacy in relationship to the natural world.

TENNESSEE

Kerri Shrestha, Lori Tipton - Walker Valley High
Trek and bike through the Andes Mountains and Amazon Rainforest ecosystems, to document and demonstrate for students factors that influence the adaptations for survival of living organisms in extreme environments.

TEXAS

Juan Bendfeldt - Mark Twain Elementary, Houston
Explore the geography, ecology and archaeology that defined the Jumano-Puebloan culture of the Rio Grande and Pecos rivers to demonstrate the connections between habitat and culture and emphasize personal discovery of needs, environments and resources.

Greg Freitag, Gloria Robayo-Freitag - Project Chrysalis Middle, Houston
Research the impact of power plants along the western coast of the United States and Alaska by conducting soil, air and water, and sound pollution investigations that help students comprehend humans’ impact on the environment.

Congratulations to these Oklahoma teachers awarded Fund for Teachers grants to pursue their self-designed fellowships this summer:

Elementary Schools

Michelle Barnes, Sarah Carnes
Van Buren Elementary - Oklahoma City
Fillmore Elementary - Oklahoma City
Research in Bali, Indonesia, aspects of a culture that rewards creative spirit instead of stifling it to acquire insights that will empower bilingual Latino students to find their creative spirit.

Leslie Brown*
Skelly Elementary - Tulsa
Join an educational tour of Vienna and Prague studying the development of European art and architecture to educate students on the nexus of history and culture, particularly pertaining to visual arts.

Kathy Dvorak, Carol Ross
Thomas Jefferson Elementary - Tulsa
Wolf Creek Elementary - Broken Arrow
Explore in Ghana connections between the Orff-Schulwerk approach to music education and traditional West African music to create hands-on experiences that facilitate students’ respect of different cultures and understanding of music’s relation to history and culture.

Sarah Chimblo, Lisa Kazda, Sophia Quiroz, Lindsey Roskam
Jenks East Elementary - Jenks
Attend the annual Two-Way Dual Language Conference in Sacramento, CA, to align current curriculum with national standards and enhance lessons on writing, student ethnicity, culture and language development in Spanish and English.

Theresa Adams, Therese Iten
St. Pius X Catholic School - Tulsa
Join an educational tour of Italy’s renown landmarks and museums to push students’ understanding of Italy beyond “pizza” and develop an integrated curriculum with special emphasis on language arts.

Donna Mastalir, Lois Sturch
Bryant Elementary - Oklahoma City
Attend the Steve Spangler Science in the Rockies workshop and the Xperience STEM National Conference in Denver, CO, to initiate an Invention Fair in which students examine historically significant scientists, mathematicians and engineers and find commonalities with STEM pioneers.

Jennifer Knopf, Terry McKelvey, Janie Thompson, DeMarsha Williams
Cleveland Elementary - Lawton
Attend the “I Teach K” conference in Las Vegas to learn best practices, new technology and intervention ideas for creating a reading program for preK English Language Learners.

Dianna Clark,Cindi Hodges, Lynette Popham
Charles Haskell Elementary – Edmond
Angie Debo Elementary – Edmond
Russell Dougherty Elementary – Edmond
Attend Duke University’s Standing Out in a Standardized World: Differentiation for Gifted Students institute in Durham, NC, to learn about the social/emotional needs of gifted students and hone differentiated curriculum instruction skills to ensure each child reaches their full potential.

Tina Livingstone, Amber Neal
Parkview Elementary - Stroud
Explore Spain and France through the work of their master artists to develop an interdisciplinary project that lures students away from the confines of rural Oklahoma to distant places and interesting ideas found in multiple art mediums and art history.

Diana Blair, Johnnie Herring*
Highland Park Elementary – Stillwater
Highland Park Elementary – Broken Arrow
Study the educational system along Japan’s Golden Route to create literature and tolerance units that emphasize the long-term impact of man-made disasters by comparing and contrasting Hiroshima and the Oklahoma City Bombing.

Becky Atherton Dukes
Carnegie Elementary - Tulsa
Study Renaissance and Impressionist art in France and Italy to create new cross-curricular art units that allow students to reflect on the historical and cultural significance of visual art.

Emily Baker
Robertson Elementary - Tulsa
Explore Aboriginal history and culture in New Zealand to expose students to commonalities between this indigenous group and Native Americans and highlight similarities in peoples’ struggles, hardships and successes.

Katie Comtois
Shidler Elementary - Oklahoma City
Attend a language and cultural immersion school in Oaxaca, Mexico, to improve linguistic skills, demonstrate a commitment to learning about students’ Hispanic heritage and cultivate positive rapport among families at school.

Jessica Dickson
Jenks West Elementary - Jenks
Visit historical sites, museums and International Baccalaureate schools in London to gain a better understanding of early European exploration and inquiry-based instruction.

Kathy Harding
Peters Elementary - Broken Arrow
Investigate volcanic structures and temperate rain forests of the Pacific Northwest to enrich student awareness of environmental conflicts and support 3-5 grade curriculum on plants/rocks, land/water and ecosystems.

Susan Pendergraft
Earlywine Elementary - Oklahoma City
Earn certification from the San Francisco Orff Course in Carmel Valley, CA, to incorporate dancing, singing and playing instruments into music curriculum and develop life-long musicianship and problem solving skills.

Tiffany Robles
McAuliffe Elementary - Broken Arrow
Participate in the Teacher’s College Summer Reading & Writing Program at Columbia University in New York City to strengthen current reading and writing workshops with current technology in the classroom.

Middle Schools

Kelly Benham, Ronda Hatton, Kathy Rutherford, Melissa Waterman
Owasso Eighth Grade Center - Owasso
Walk in the steps of patriots, pirates, slaves, soldiers and ghosts in Charleston, SC, to study the city’s influence on American history and facilitate students’ ownership of our country in a way that improves their stewardship of civil rights and duties.

Tammy Bright*
Stillwater Middle - Stillwater
Study the educational system along Japan’s Golden Route to create literature and tolerance units that emphasize the long-term impact of man-made disasters by comparing and contrasting Hiroshima and the Oklahoma City Bombing.

Nicole Bennett
Locust Grove Middle - Locust Grove
Investigate authors of fantasy in the United Kingdom, focusing on Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling, to find inspirations for students to work creatively and expand their reading for pleasure.

Stephanie Bowman
Central Middle - Lawton
Participate in an active learning environment at the International Society for Technology in Education in Atlanta to develop strategies for boosting digital age learning aligned with Common Core State Standards.

Tammi McCarter
Waurika Middle - Waurika
Analyze the political/economic connection and impact of decision making in Vietnam to guide students’ consideration of governmental actions and inform a comparison study of other countries in similar circumstances.

Vic Rook
Central Junior High - Moore
Investigate the past, present and future of Silicon Valley to explore the relationship of education and technology as allies in a mission to help students and teachers become successful, well informed, responsible citizens of the digital age.

Jill Witt
Oliver Middle - Broken Arrow
Attend a language and cultural immersion program for teachers in Guanajuato, Mexico, to enrich lessons with personal experiences presented in more in depth and varied methods with improved linguistic skills.

High Schools

Liz Haughey, Amanda Trower
Booker T. Washington High - Tulsa
Nathan Hale High - Tulsa
Tour museums, homes and historic sites across Northeast America to observe how literature and history intertwine to form the American culture and engage AP literature, US government and American history students.

April Cole
Barnsdall High - Barnsdall
Research through the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL, the destruction of flora and fauna along America’s gulf cost as a result of the BP Deepwater oil spill to teach the delicate balances that knit ecosystems together and the role humans play in this system.

Karen Evans
Yukon High - Yukon
Research the interconnectedness of chemistry and art with renown art restorers and conservation labs in Florence and Rome to develop lessons linking the creativity of art and the qualitative/quantitative aspects of science for all 15 sections of the school’s chemistry department.

Pamella Garvin
Freshman Academy - Jenks
Research at the Zomi Education Center in Kuala Lumpur the teaching and culture of Zomi students immigrating from the Chin state of Myanmar to improve instruction and communication with a cultural group comprising 40% of the school’s English Language Development Program.

Sherri Gleaves
Francis Tuttle Technology Center - Oklahoma City
Participate in a workshop produced by Sneak on the Lot in Burbank, CA, to better understand all production phases of the filmmaking process and teach skills/strategies for student success in this industry.

Cassie Nodine
Coweta High - Coweta
Document literature, songs and folktales of Peru’s indigenous people to better understand how geography is mirrored in poetry and inform a comparison study of Peruvian versus Oklahoman Native American literature.

Robin Leach*
Edison Preparatory School - Tulsa
Join an educational tour of Vienna and Prague studying the development of European art and architecture to educate students on the nexus of history and culture, particularly pertaining to visual arts.

Other Schools

Brandon Tucker
Mid-Del Technology Center - Midwest City
Mirror the Pixar team’s creative process behind the animated feature film “Cars” by retracing their Route 66 research/road trip to inspire students’ creativity, improve writing skills and emphasize how the creative design process is essential in successful careers.

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Thank you, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, for your collaboration in selecting this year’s Fellows.

Congratulations to these New York teachers awarded grants to pursue their self-designed fellowships this summer:

Elementary Schools

Natalie Biden*
The Leadership and Community Service Academy - Bronx
Conduct a comparative exploration through the American South and post-Holocaust Europe, researching the historical significance of past and present civil rights issues and theit implications for urban students.

Nicole Greco
Young Diplomats Magnet Academy - New York City
Research the career path of Harlem Renaissance artist Augusta Savage while enrolling in art classes at the Acadamie de la Grande Chaumire to re-write an elementary art unit on the Harlem Renaissance that includes women artists.

Thom Knab
Dodge Elementary - East Amherst
Participate in the Lincoln Center Institutes (LCI) International Educator Workshop in New York City to develop inquiry-based approaches to imaginative learning through the arts and stimulate creative, conceptual thinkers.

Middle Schools

Rachel Heslowitz
The Urban Assembly Institute for New Technologies - New York City
Participate in an intensive cooking course at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City to teach students the art of cooking as a way to stimulate a sense of accomplishment, self-esteem and a positive association with school.

Emilie Jones-McAdams*
CIS 303: The Leadership and Community Service Academy - Bronx
Conduct a comparative exploration through the American South and post-Holocaust Europe, researching the historical significance of past and present civil rights issues and theit implications for urban students.

Aaron Kaswell
Middle School 88 - Brooklyn
Apprentic with Tetsuya Miyamoto, the innovative Japanese teacher who created KenKen puzzles and opened his own school, to learn his unique teaching philosophy that engages all learners in problem solving techniques and design an entire curriculum around KenKen puzzles.

Ursula Lovings
All City Leadership Academy - Brooklyn
Participate in the European Summer University on the History and Epistemology in Mathematics Education in Copenhagen, with continued travel through Europe studying historically important mathematicians, to gain ideas for integrating the history of mathematics into lessons that will motivate students’ interest in the subject.

Amber Malone, Gary Malone
Daniel Carter Beard Junior High - Flushing
Research in Japan how World War II and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are taught and perceived from the Japanese perspective through school and museum visits and interviews to develop a cross-curricular Social Studies and English Language Arts unit.

Michael Paoli
Ella Baker School - New York City
Investigate aquaculture in France and the United Kingdom to implement an interdisciplinary STEM unit that culminates with the design and construction of a self-sustaining aquaponics system inside an urban city classroom with 7th-8th grade math/science students.

Kristina Scolari, Amanda Solarsh, Gina Tesoriero
Simon Baruch Junior High - New York City
Research Ireland’s unique geological features, renewable energy sources and sustainability practices to create an interdisciplinary case study that demonstrates the relationship between human activities and natural resources and inspires students’ creation of a model green city.

Anna Staab
Highbridge Green Middle - Bronx
Investigate the implementation of school-based garden networks with two leading community-based organizations in Hawaii’s food justice movement to inform the development of a community-imbedded school garden in the Bronx.

Christina Taylor
Bronx Park Middle - Bronx
Investigate motivating factors, student involvement and means of resistance associated with 1968 protests in Paris, Madrid, and Prague to supplement a current civics unit and encourage sixth graders’ ethical political discourse.

High Schools

Karen Bitler, Natalie Rogovin
High School for Public Service - Brooklyn
Explore, excavate and experiment with Neoltihic pottery in Scotland’s Orkney Islands to create a cross-curricular unit that engages students in higher level thinking in Art and Global History classes.

Katie Jungers, Claire O’Connor
The New York Lab School for Collabortaive Studies - New York
Join a scientific expedition monitoring the health of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in Belize to obtain data and insight that facilitate students’ understanding of environmental threats as expressed through the writing of argumentative essays.

Hillary Kelkenberg, Liz Smallwood
Tapestry Charter School - Buffalo
Journey to iconic geological features in the western United States to create a digital series of on-site geology lessons that promote familiarity with extreme conditions/structures within our country and compare these with less extreme processes that occur locally.

Dorothy Ahoklui, Josaine Richards, Melissa Williams
Frederick Douglass Academy VI High - Far Rockaway
Rockaway Park High for Environmental Sustainability - Far Rockaway
Investigate the environmental impact of illegal gold mining in Ghana, West Africa, to conduct a student-led case study on the effects of natural vs. manmade disasters.

Lisa Clough, Philip Eugenio
The Cinema School - Bronx
Tour and collect natural science artifacts in Africa’s Great Rift Valley to create an interdisciplinary unit on the region’s tectonic plate shifts and use field-based research to investigate the archeological and fossilized evidences present in the first humans’ cradle of life.

Erin Crispell, Jennifer Leimert
Park East High - East Harlem
Investigate the design and implementation of Germany’s dual-training vocational system to incorporate aspects into the development of special education, post-secondary transition plans within in East Harlem.

Abe Cohen, Xochitl Garcia
Bronx Arena High - Bronx
Explore the cacao trade in Ecuador by examining the relationship between geologic features, local flora and native agricultural practices to develop a high school science course on ethnobotany/economics that stimulates interest in science while increasing the use of culturally-responsive curriculum.

Jaime Guarnaccia, Kenneth Muigai
Bronx Leadership Academy II - Bronx
Gather across Kenya oral histories, primary sources and multimedia to create a unit on the history of imperialism from an African country’s point of view and expand a Global History curriculum beyond a Euro-centric perspective.

Mila Cruz, Alex Edwards
Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders - Brooklyn
Investigate human rights abuses of the Holocaust and how Jewish communities rebuilt in Germany, Poland and the Netherlands to learn how Jewish communities teach tolerance education and apply these strategies to the implementation of a new student-centered Restorative Justice Program.

Christine Paterson, Tara Rana
Beacon High - New York City
Explore the history of Latin America from its pre-Columbian heritage to colonial times and investigate how foreign mindsets and industrialization influenced countries’ independence to engage Latino students develop non-American/European history curricula.

Sabrina Alano
Academy for Careers in Televisions and Film - Queens
Examine the rhetoric of memorials and monuments relating to the Sino-Japanese War and World War II in China and Japan to present case studies of memorials from conflicting points of view for students in AP English Language and Composition.

Adam Chasen
Brooklyn Secondary School for Collaborative Studies - Brooklyn
Conduct research fieldwork at internationally renown design firms in Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco and New York City to create a Math Learning curriculum that engages students in designing a space that fosters community.

Faye Chiu
Millennium High - New York City
Attend the International Conference on Origami in Science, Mathematics and Education in Tokyo, Japan, and the International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul, Korea, to explore ways of fostering appreciation of mathematical history, principles and applications to enhance students’ problem-solving skills.

Jeanne Chun
Millennium High - New York City
Participate in exercise and movement training in Montezuma, Costa Rica, organized by the Reflection Center for Conscious Living in New York City to explore creative techniques for instructing fitness in restricted spaces, improving student flexibility and body weight, and increasing student awareness of self and others through mind-body practices.

Juliet Crupi
Williamsburg Prep - Brooklyn
Volunteer with Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms utilizing permaculture techniques in Italy and Spain to share hands-on farming practices that inspire Urban Farming students to cultivate creative methods for growing healthy foods in an environmentally friendly closed system.

Sarah Fishstrom
Kurt Hahn - Brooklyn
Volunteer with LitWorld, a nonprofit in Port Au Prince, Haiti, using storytelling to promote and improve literacy to develop techniques for helping students become more literate and connected global citizens.

Maggie Geiger
Millennium High - New York
Explore historic cities, sites and legends in Sweden and Denmark, to enhance strategies for teaching and analyzing Beowulf - a key figure in Scandinavian mythology and an upper level British Literature course.

Chad Gleason
School of the Future High - New York
Document the social, political and economic effects of climate change on the Maldives and Sri Lanka to create an interdisciplinary unit that presents one of the most pressing issues facing humanity and provides meaningful opportunities to work toward implementing positive change.

Jessica Harris
The International High School at Prospect Heights - Brooklyn
Participate in a language immersion program in Panama while also researching the impact of human activities on the diverse ecosystems of the islands of Bocas del Toro to hone linguistic skills and create an engaging and relevant curriculum that motivates students to advocate for increased sustainability practices, both locally and globally.

Patrick Honner
Brooklyn Technical High - Brooklyn
Participate in the Bridges Math and Art Conference and the International Congress of Mathematics in Seoul, South Korea, and afterwards explore the math, computer science and robotics programs at the Gwacheon National Science Museum, to identify new resources, collaborators and directions for the classroom.

Nastaran Khoshab
Landmark High - New York City
Explore the history and influence of Buddhism in Japan to develop a curriculum that transcends the positive impact of meditative practice for the student body in a way that compliments the school’s modern habits and desires.

Jennifer Lemish
Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment - Brooklyn
Experience landscape painting and impressionistic techniques of Monet and Van Gogh at sites of their paintings and in museum collections to create an oil pastel landscape painting that inspires students and give them the opportunity to act and think like artists.

Toni Leston
High School for Civil Rights - Brooklyn
Observe various aspects of Guatemalan and Mayan culture, including the nascent fair trade coffee practices of Antigua, the marginalization of the Mayans in modern-day Guatemala and the impacts of tourism to plan an interdisciplinary unit that engages English Language Learners.

Danielle McDonald
Baruch College Campus High - New York City
Examine in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador the impact of globalization on traditional arts, visual culture and contemporary artistic production to help students understand the power of arts as a mechanism of expression and a call to action in a global world.

Nicole Niewald
KIPP NYC College Prep High - Bronx
Evaluate ecotourism practices in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand to create interdisciplinary case studies that allow AP Environmental Science students to see the interconnectedness of economics, polictics and the environment.

Eric Portales
Academy for Careers in Televisions and Film - Queens
Research in Japan the cultural, historical and artistic impacts of origami to enhance Geometry students’ understanding and appreciation of shapes and the properties of space.

Adam Prado
Pace High - New York City
Enroll in the Latino Language School in Cusco, Peru, while exploring ancient Incan architecture, astronomy and use of statistics to create cross-curricular applications of math inspired by Pre-Columbian society.

David Prince
Long Beach High - Long Beach
Interview across Southeast Asia leading experts in the field of data collection after national disasters, specifically regarding the 2004 Tsunami, to compare with AP Statistics estimation techniques and inform students’ analysis of local efforts utilized in the school community post-Hurricane Sandy.

Jesse Pryor
World of Inquiry High - Rochester
Observe the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright in Chicago to facilitate student associations between architecture and geometry and create photographic math problems for students based on famous Wright homes.

Andrea Skafish
Brooklyn Latin - Brooklyn
Explore monuments, museums and battlefields in Spain and France significant to the Spanish Civil War and French Resistance movement to better understand and teach 20th century responses to fascism for International Baccalaureate courses.

Ernest Tabajonda
International Community High - Bronx
Participate in the Academy of Singapore Teachers’ professional development workshop at that country’s National Institute on Education to adopt the Singapore Math Problem Solving Model into the development and implementation of the performance-based assessment task aligned with Common Core Learning Standards in Integrated Algebra for English Language Learners, Students with Learning Disabilities and Students with Interrupted Formal Education.

Kristi Vilberg
High School of Hospitality Management - New York City
Participate in the International Society for Technology in Education Conference in Atlanta to learn, share and implement valuable educational technology best practices from educators around the world.

Other Schools

Jonthon Coulson
Bronx Preparatory Charter - Bronx
Explore the effect Bronx-born hip hop and graffiti have in Indonesia, how these art forms enable expression and how religion and personal identity impact - and are impacted by - such expression for an AP English Language curriculum.

Emily Edwards
Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School - New York City
Participate in an intensive yoga/mindfulness teacher training program through Kindness Yoga in Denver to inform a new case study about strategies for student success and enhance behavioral interventions for students with special needs.

Shira Korn
Community Health Academy of the Heights - New York City
Participate in Common Ground International, a Spanish immersion program for educators in Costa Rica, to improve language skills and cultural understanding of Latino culture and make learning more accessible for Latino students and their families.

Fernando Restrepo
Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters - Bronx
Explore the roots of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in its birthplace of Rio de Janeiro to enrich an after school Jiu Jitsu club and a nascent physical education elective course offering.

MacKenzie Rossi
PS 8 Robert Fulton - Brooklyn
Investigate the Portuguese and Spanish use of geometry in art, architecture and nautical navigation to infuse math lessons with relevant artifacts and motivate students to develop a broader mathematical perspective of the world around them.

Yolanda Tomlin
Thurgood Marshal Academy for Learning and Social Change - New York City
Investigate in Spain three distinct periods of history through the study of architecture and fine arts to develop a curriculum focusing on the social impact of governments on individual citizens and the role of art in telling a nation’s story.

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Thank you, New Visions for Public Schools and Math for America, for your collaboration in selecting this year’s Fellows.

For the first time, teachers from across America could apply for Fund for Teachers grants this year. Congratulations to these teachers from our Western Region awarded grants to pursue their self-designed fellowships this summer:

Wrayna Fairchild - Kealakehe Elementary, Kailua Kona, HI
Conduct site visits at four New Zealand schools and attend a teacher workshop hosted by a marine-focused environmental education and action group to learn strategies for preserving a native culture while working toward island environmental sustainability.

Karen Chun - Jame Campbell High, Mililani, HI
Investigate contemporary social issues in Cambodia and Viet Nam through the eyes of people living and working within the social context of the countries to find authentic case studies for IB and Global Studies students and inform their leadership of Global Summits for younger students.

Zsuzsa Nemeth - Hosford Middle, Portland, OR
Investigate Karen and other Burmese ethnic minorities in Thailand and Myanmar to engage, teach and advocate for Burmese refugee students more effectively.

Nance Adler - Jewish Day School of Metro Seattle, Seattle, WA
Attend Centropa’s Summer Seminar in Vienna and Sarajevo to work with the first oral history project combining old family photos with stories of Holocaust survivors and instill values of empathy and tolerance in middle school students.

Kristi Kilgore - Northern Heights Elementary, Bellingham, WA
Enroll in language immersion classes while observing multiple International Baccalaureate schools in Peru and Ecuador to document multicultural music activities that inform the development of an interdisciplinary K-5 music curriculum that uses songs taught in Spanish.

For the first time, teachers from across America could apply for Fund for Teachers grants this year. Congratulations to these teachers from our Southwest Region awarded grants to pursue their self-designed fellowships this summer:

Scott Bassham - Watson Elementary, Little Rock, AR
Participate in a jazz workshop presented by renowned music educator/musician Doug Goodkin to identify child-friendly doorways into jazz and incorporate jazz standards, theory and improvisation into elementary music lessons.

Paul McElligott - Fountain Hills High, Fountain Hills, AZ
Attend the International Conference on Advanced Nanomaterials at the University of Aveiro in Portugal to understand the newest research in nano-technology in electronics and teach students applications that make them valuable to colleges and future STEM employers.

Amelia Hicks, Davina Stringer, Irma Alvaredo, Chareese Hatfield, Debbie Dolmanet - Lake Travis Elementary, Austin, TX
Attend the TODOS Mathematics for All conference in Phoenix to study innovative approaches to math instruction for ELL and low socioeconomic students and establish a new case study about math instruction for these at-risk populations.

Kristin Brudigam, Marisa Mejia - Lake Travis High, Austin, TX
Explore the integration of Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometries with architectural principles in iconic buildings of London and Dublin to create case studies for engineering students that address the realities of urban growth. 

Erin Trahan, Tameika Sanchez - E. Ray Elementary, Fort Worth, TX
Participate in Eric Jensen’s Teaching With Poverty In Mind Workshop in San Antonio, TX, to gain insights into the effects of poverty on the brain and put into practice research-based strategies that enhance learning for children in poverty.

Trina Harlow - Folsom Elementary, Prosper, TX
Explore mosaic making in Istanbul, learning ancient techniques that preserved 5,000 year old artifacts, to integrate art with social studies learning in a more advanced capacity and complete a student-made mosaic in a public space.