Eight Teachers Selected for 2013-2014 Teacher Ambassador Fellowships

2013-14 Teaching Ambassador FellowSecretary 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 


  1. Congratulations to all the Teaching Ambassador Fellows! Hard work, persistence, and dedication pays off.

  2. This is just an amazing thing that any teacher will be great if choosed. I pray God that this opportunity come to my life. I am the best teacher here in Puerto Rico and I now that if Secretary Duncan choose me for that It will be awesome for all the latins around!!! How can I can get inside the competition? Please let me know. Im a 5th grade math teacher, lots of proyects, technology in progress, good aproach to parents, enourmous creativity and a wonderful sense of humor. Thats why Im the best professional clown too! Please contact me! Thank you for your attention. God bless you all!

  3. Would have loved to see a Health/Physical educator on the panel to coincide with the governments support of physical fitness and reducing the obesity problem in our country.

    • Awesome idea!!! I agree. A health and physical education teacher would really round out this group and help support the First Lady’s initiative. Get this guy a fellowship!!

      • Thanks for your comments Mark and Courtney. I just wanted to highlight that we had the benefit of having Mike Humphreys -http://www2.ed.gov/programs/teacherfellowship/2012fellows/humphreys.html – on our 2012 team of Fellows. Mike is a Nationally Board Certified elementary physical education teacher from Arlington, VA. These issues were of greatest concern to him and I know he’d be eager to hear your thoughts and to help represent them both internally at ED and in other places in his work and travel.

        Gillian Cohen-Boyer, Director
        U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellowship

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