FORSYTH COUNTY — A Forsyth County resident is among a select group to be chosen for a new statewide teaching fellowship.
Crispin Stromberg and 35 other people were named as the first Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellows, a competitive program that recruited both recent graduates and career changers with strong backgrounds in the fields of STEM, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The program will be offered Piedmont College and Columbus State and Kennesaw State universities during the 2015-16 session.
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation intends to prepare the recipients to teach in high-need secondary schools.
In a recent ceremony for the group, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal described schools as “our most strategic investment in the future.”
“I’m confident these educators share my belief that every child can learn and should have access to an education that prepares them for college, the work force and beyond,” he said.
Each person will receive $30,000 to complete a specially designed master’s degree program based on yearlong classroom experience.
In return, the fellows commit to teach for three years in the urban and rural Georgia schools that most need strong STEM teachers, while receiving ongoing support and mentoring.
Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, said in a statement that “the future success of our communities, our schools and our children depends on a strong teacher work force prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century classroom.”
Stromberg, who will attend Piedmont College for the fellowship, graduated from the University of North Georgia in 2010 with an undergraduate degree in mathematics and also holds a master’s of science in applied statistics from Kennesaw State.
Stromberg is a multiple academic scholarship recipient whose experience includes being a university and high school math tutor, community volunteer and a math instructor at a homeschool enrichment center and technical college.
The Woodrow Wilson Foundation is administering the program with in-state coordination by the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and support from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation.
All participating universities receive $400,000 in matching grants to develop their teacher preparation programs based on standards set by the foundation.
For each of the program’s three years, the participating Georgia colleges and universities will be able to enroll 12 fellows, totaling 180 over that three-year period.