By South Jersey Times
Rowan University graduate students were included in the first Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellows announced by Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday.
The fellowship program recruits recent graduates with strong science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) backgrounds to teach these subjects in high schools that are in need of stronger STEM programs.
Each of the seven fellows from Rowan are graduate students in the new master of arts in teaching STEM program at the university's college of education.
New Jersey is one of five states participating in the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships. It is funded by a consortium of New Jersey donors, including the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, which contributed the initial funding of $10.6 million.
"With today's announcement we are reaffirming our commitment to investing in teacher talent with a new pipeline for recruiting highly qualified teaching candidates and training them so that they can generate the greatest positive learning outcomes for our children," Christie said in a written statement. "By preparing these fellows to be top-quality educators, we will be helping more than 15,000 students to contribute and thrive in a knowledge-based, global, digital economy and workforce."
Each fellow received $30,000 to complete a specially-designed master's degree program based on year-long classroom experience and in return, must commit to teach for three years in urban and rural New Jersey schools in need of STEM educators.
The Rowan students selected are:
Jeffrey Chiusano of Cherry Hill, a 2014 physics alumnus from the College of New Jersey. He will teach physics at Millville High School.
Drew Favat of Gibbsboro, who earned his bachelor's degree from Rowan in mathematics this year. He will teach eighth-grade math at Rossi Intermediate School in Vineland.
Bethany Fowler of Uvalde, Texas, who just completed her master's degree in mathematics from Arizona State University and also holds an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics from the University of Texas. She will teach math and engineering at Millville High School.
Daniel Klehamer of Avenel, who earned his bachelor's degree in physics from Rowan in May. He will teach physics to juniors and seniors at Vineland High School.
Leslie Tolentino of Bronx, NY. A graduate of the University of Albany, she will teach eighth-grade math at Lakeside Middle School in Millville.
Christopher Tomlinson, of Chatsworth, graduated in 2010 from Rowan with a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering and earned a master's degree in civil engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2012. He will teach math to ninth and tenth graders at Vineland High School.
Matthew Zachariades of Egg Harbor Township, who holds a mathematics degree from High Point University. He will teach eight-grade algebra at Lakeside Middle School in Millville.
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