The Developing STEM Professionals as Educators and Teacher Leaders (DSPETL) scholarship program is a six-year project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and led by Dr. Christine Thomas (MSE Mathematics Education) and Dr. Natalie King (MSE Science Education). NSF awarded Georgia State University 3-million-dollars to strengthen the STEM teacher workforce by supporting two (2) cohorts of Teaching Fellows for five (5) years each. The major goals of DSPETL are (a) to recruit and prepare STEM professionals to serve as highly-effective teachers in high-need middle and high schools in Fulton and Rockdale counties and (b) to engage STEM professionals in robust and innovative professional learning experiences for their development as teachers and teacher leaders. The scholarship pays 100% tuition, a full teaching salary from partnering school districts, and a $12,000 stipend for each year of project participation.
DSPETL recruited 29 Teaching Fellows over two (2) Cohorts: Cohort 1 began in summer 2019 with six (6) TFs and Cohort 2 began in summer 2020 with 23 TFs. Over their five-year engagement in the project each cohort will: (a) complete the MAT degree program in mathematics or science education with teaching certification in year 1, (b) receive mentoring and support to grow as exemplary STEM teachers during years 2-3, (c) prepare for teacher leadership in year 4, and (d) hold a position as a teacher leader in one of the partnering school districts in year 5.