With Montclair State University’s College of Education and
Human Services dean Francine Peterman and students in attendance, New Jersey
Governor Chris Christie announced the inaugural class of 50 Woodrow Wilson New
Jersey Teaching Fellows at the New Jersey State House in Trenton on June 10. The
highly competitive program recruits both recent graduates and career changers
with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math – the STEM
fields – and prepares them specifically to teach in high-need secondary
“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 they can generate the
greatest positive learning outcomes for our children,” said Governor Christie.
“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 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 New Jersey schools that most need strong STEM teachers. Throughout the
three-year commitment, Fellows receive ongoing support and mentoring.
“We are delighted to partner with the Woodrow Wilson
Teaching Fellowship program and support the advancement of math and science teaching
and learning in several of New Jersey’s most high-need school districts,” said Peterman.
“This partnership underscores our continued commitment to Newark and Orange
public schools as well as our commitment to recruiting, preparing and
retaining the next generation of urban educators.”
The 50 Fellows are attending one of five institutions –
Montclair State, The College of New Jersey, Rowan University, Rutgers
University – Camden and William Paterson University – that partner with local
school districts, where they will learn to teach in real classrooms from the
beginning of their master’s work.
The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship program at Montclair
State is an innovative, 12-month, apprenticeship-based program for individuals
with a deep commitment to teaching mathematics or science in an urban school
district. The curriculum intentionally supports the Fellows and the program
provides year-long professional development for those in-service teachers
working as mentor teachers for the Fellows.
Among the 50 new Fellows announced by Governor Christie are
eight Montclair State alumni: Sue-Anne Alonso ’14; Caitlin Ament ’09,
’11 MS; Aline De Sousa ’14; Bradley Gold ’14; Danielle Kinloch ’14; Steven
Kuipers ’14; Eric Nyabeta ’11 MS; and Jillian Varner ’14. Alonso, De Sousa, Gold
and Varner are part of Montclair State’s 2014 Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows class,
and Ament, Kinloch, Kuipers and Nyabeta will attend William Paterson.
Joining the four alumni as Fellows in the Montclair State
program are Wahab Ashraf, Eric Clementelli, Jessica Ferreira, Brian Moshofsky, Evangelina
Pena, Veronica Pistoia, Shannon Quirk and Jaquil White.
“We’re extremely impressed by the 12 exceptional math
and science Fellows who joined us this summer.” Peterman says. “With this first
cohort, we know that we are one step closer to bringing New Jersey’s students
the great math and science teachers they deserve.”
Biographies of all Fellows as well as more information about
the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship are available at the Woodrow
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