Rep. Eberhart: Woodrow Wilson Fellows
Will Address Math, Science Deficit in High-Need Schools
STATEHOUSE - State Rep. Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) announced today that a Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship have been awarded to a resident of District 57. The 59 new teaching fellows begin work this summer on master's degrees to prepare for math and science teaching positions in the state's high-need urban and rural schools. They will teach in Indiana for at least three years.
Ashley Wethington, Shelbyville, was selected after a rigorous seven-month application and selection process.
"I'm pleased that The Woodrow Wilson Foundation has decided to start this great program in Indiana," said Rep. Eberhart. "All the teaching fellows selected deserve recognition for their hard work and in teaching our children the fundamentals needed to succeed in life. I'm especially thrilled to honor someone who's dedicated her life to teaching Indiana's youth in Shelby County. My congratulations go out to Ashley."
The Woodrow Wilson Foundation selected Indiana in December 2007 as the first site for its new national fellowship for high school teachers. The program is intended to help overhaul teacher education and encourage exceptionally able teacher candidates to seek long-term careers teaching science, technology, and math in high-need classrooms. The program also seeks to cut teacher attrition and retain top teachers.
Recipients receive a $30,000 stipend to complete a master's program at Ball State University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Purdue University or the University of Indianapolis. Fellows are then placed in a high-need urban or rural school and will continue to receive mentoring.
The next round of applications in Indiana is expected to open in summer 2009.
A Fellowship fact sheet is available online: http://www.woodrow.org/images/pdf/newsitem/WW_Indiana_TeachingFellows_factsheet09.pdf