Woodrow Wilson Fellows pose on a staircase inside the Georgia Capitol with Gov. Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal

Georgia State University’s 2017-2018 Woodrow Wilson Fellows Announced

ATLANTA – Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, honored Georgia State University’s ongoing commitment to close the achievement gap and provide all students with high-quality teachers, recognizing the 2017-2018 class of Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellows at the State Capitol.

The 12 students enrolling this year in Georgia State’s College of Education & Human Development join the 159 teachers total who have been prepared through the WW Georgia Teaching Fellowship program at five higher education institutions across the state: Columbus State University, Georgia State, Kennesaw State University, Mercer University and Piedmont College.

The highly competitive fellowship program recruits both recent graduates and career changers with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to lead classes in the state’s high-need secondary schools.

Each fellow receives $30,000 to complete a specially designed, cutting-edge master’s degree program based on a year-long classroom experience. In return, fellows commit to teach for three years in the urban and rural Georgia schools that most need strong STEM teachers. Throughout the three-year commitment, fellows receive ongoing support and mentoring.

“Sandra and I are honored to welcome this third class of Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows into the program,” Deal said. “Georgia has earned many accolades over the past several years, and none of them would be possible or sustainable without our leaders in the classroom. This program creates a pipeline of dedicated math and science teachers to the schools that need them the most, and we wish the best of luck to this year’s class.”

Through the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship program, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation will contribute to the University System of Georgia’s initiative to produce 20,000 new teachers by 2020. Woodrow Wilson is administering the program, with in-state coordination by the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and support from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. Current project funding is $13.7 million.

For more information about the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship, visit http://woodrow.org/fellowships/ww-teaching-fellowships.

2017-2018 Woodrow Wilson Fellows at Georgia State University

Groton, Mass.
Undergraduate college, class, and major: Georgia Institute of Technology ’16, biomedical engineering

Tutor, elementary school; intern, chemical and pharmaceutical profiling; volunteer, campus career development organization for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities; hospitality team, church.

Atlanta, Ga.
Undergraduate college, class, and major: Emory University ’17, neuroscience and behavioral biology

Member and captain, multiple dance teams; founder, campus chapter of National Council of Negro Women; undergraduate researcher, retinas and proteins in primary visual cortex; volunteer coordinator, conference for Black activism on campus; recipient, multiple academic scholarships.

Drobeta Turnu Severin, Romania
Graduate institution and degree: West University ‘07, M.A., family and couple counseling; Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy ’01, M.D., general medicine

Substitute teacher, K–12, biology and French; private tutor, math and French; volunteer, teen dating violence program; avid community volunteer; fluent speaker of multiple languages; former physician.

Decatur, Ga.
Undergraduate college, class, and major: Spelman College ’16, mathematics

Member, service organizations for early education in underresourced communities and urban schools; university student ambassador; undergraduate researcher; teaching assistant, project teaching eighth-grade students a different way to learn algebra; high school provisional educator.

Oceanside, N.Y.
Undergraduate college, class, and major: Tulane University ’08, cell and molecular biology
Graduate institution and degree: Louisiana State University ’10, M.S., molecular nutrition; ’14, Ph.D., molecular nutrition

Teaching assistant, instructor, nutrition science; tutor, chemistry and biology; graduate researcher, colonic fermentation of cereal grains and its effects on the pathophysiology of obesity and diabetes; postdoctoral fellow, botanical approaches to combat metabolic syndrome; volunteer science fair judge.

Marietta, Ga.
Undergraduate college, class, and major: Georgia Institute of Technology ’17, biochemistry

Coordinator and curriculum writer, freshman leadership program; director, freshmen orientation experience; trip leader and instructor, sea kayaking; undergraduate researcher, decisions processing and drug capsule systems; data analytics intern; laboratory technician.

Hinesville, Ga.
Undergraduate college, class, and major: Georgia State University ’15, biological science

Lab participant, multiple scientific studies; site leader, federal program focused on child welfare outside of school; honors college graduate; member, youth organization utilizing social media to build community engagement in social justice dialogue; community volunteer.

Kansas City, Mo.
Undergraduate college, class, and major: University of Missouri — Kansas City ’83, mathematics
Graduate institution and degree: University of Missouri — Kansas City ’89, M.A., economics; Colorado Technical University ’13, D.M., environmental and social sustainability

Adjunct and visiting professor, 10+ years; vice chairman, housing authority; state university board advisor; director, religious transformation center; published writer and presenter, national and international business conferences and seminars.

Smyrna, Ga.
Undergraduate college, class, and major: University of Georgia ’15, mathematics

Math tutor; volunteer, middle school Science Olympiad team; undergraduate teaching assistant, pre-calculus; volunteer math tutor; scholarship recipient; international music fraternity member; university marching band member.

Woodbine, Md.
Undergraduate college, class, and major: Washington College ’17, chemistry

Teaching assistant, general chemistry; tutor, college-level calculus, statistics, and chemistry; member, chemistry honor society; volunteer, campus chemistry club; captain, club field hockey.

Douglasville, Ga.
Undergraduate college, class, and major: University of West Georgia ’17, mathematics

Tutor, mathematics; student assistant, curriculum development and implementation for visiting teachers, education department; clinical assistant, classroom instruction and evaluation for multiple grade levels; volunteer, food bank; youth pastor; U.S. Army veteran.

Woodstock, Ga.
Undergraduate college, class, and major: Berry College ’15, environmental science
Graduate institution and degree: Kennesaw State University ’17, M.S., integrative biology

Graduate researcher, aquatic ecology; graduate teaching assistant, biology; undergraduate researcher, aquatic biology; published author; outdoor summer camp counselor, 4th and 5th grade; science and math tutor, middle and high school; volunteer leader, high school youth group; certified scuba diver.