Rep. Gutwein: Woodrow Wilson Fellows

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Wednesday, May 13, 2009 8:00 am

STATEHOUSE - State Rep. Gutwein (R-Francesville) announced today that a Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship have been awarded to a resident of District 16.  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.

Alyce Porawski, Monticello, was selected after a rigorous seven-month application and selection process.

"The Woodrow Wilson Foundation is an exception program to honor teachers who've worked hard to give Hoosiers students a quality education," said Rep. Gutwein. "I'm especially pleased that one of the award winners is from District 16, and I hope she continues her hard work and dedication to teaching our children. My congratulations go out to Alyce."

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. They 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: