Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the names of eight teachers selected to be Teaching Ambassador Fellows for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. Three teachers will serve as full-time employees at Department of Education headquarters in Washington, D.C., while five will remain in their classrooms and participate on a part-time basis.
Now in the sixth year, the Teaching Ambassador Fellowships were created to give outstanding teachers an opportunity to learn about national policy issues in education and to contribute their expertise to those discussions. Fellows, in turn, share what they’ve learned with other teachers in their professional networks, contributing to a larger understanding of federal initiatives and encouraging broader input into policy and programs designed to improve education at all levels.
The 2013 U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellows will continue to work with and build on the efforts of the 80 previous Fellows from the past five classes.
The following three teachers have been selected as Washington Fellows who will be placed to work full-time at the Department of Education’s headquarters:
- Lisa Clarke, a 2012 Washington Fellow and a social studies teacher from Kent-Meridian High School in Kent, Wash., will serve as the program’s inaugural Team Lead and work in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education;
- Joiselle Cunningham, a fifth grade reading teacher at KIPP Infinity Middle School in Harlem, will work on teacher quality issues in the Office of the Secretary; and
- Emily Davis, a 7th and 8th grade Spanish teacher at Pacetti Bay Middle School, an International Baccalaureate school in St. Augustine, Fla., will work in the Office of Educational Technology
The following five teachers have been selected as Classroom Fellows:
- Mauro Diaz, a life science teacher at Dean Morgan Middle School in Casper, Wyo.
- Maddie Fennell, a literacy coach at Miller Park Elementary School in Omaha, Neb.
- Tami Fitzgerald , a science teacher at West Muskingum High School in Zanesville, Ohio.
- Jonathan McIntosh, the Special Education Coordinator and Director of Debate for KIPP AMP (Always Mentally Prepared), a middle school in Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Tom McKenna, a fourth grade teacher at Harborview Elementary School in Juneau, AK.
Check out the Teaching Ambassador Fellowship page in the coming days for individual profiles of this year’s Fellows.
Cameron Brenchley is director of digital strategy at the U.S. Department of Education