Meredith Launches Its Own Teaching Fellows Program

Meredith College today announced the launch of the Meredith College Teaching Fellows program. The Meredith College Teaching Fellows will provide a minimum $6,500 academic award to highly qualified high school seniors who are committed to teaching as a profession.
"Education has always been one of the crown jewels of Meredith’s curricular offerings," said Meredith College President Jo Allen. "I am immensely pleased that we are continuing our commitment to the next generation of talented educators."

Since 1987, Meredith College has participated in the prestigious North Carolina Teaching Fellows program, which is designed to attract motivated, high achieving N.C. high school seniors who are interested in teaching. In the summer of 2011, the NC General Assembly voted to phase out the North Carolina Teaching Fellows program.

The Meredith College Teaching Fellows program continues the college’s legacy of recruiting and educating top students to lead public schools in North Carolina. The Meredith College Teaching Fellows program provides selected students with at least a $6,500 academic award, renewable for four years, and special programming related to teaching and learning in a complex society. The program is open to students from North Carolina and from out–of-state.

Meredith College Teaching Fellows will benefit from enrichment opportunities including:
•Two-year internships in one of the nation’s leading school systems
•An Honors core of 15-17 semester hours, including an honors thesis
•Seminars on current topics in education
•Focus on Excellence cultural and social events.

"The Meredith College Teaching Fellows program will continue the College’s legacy of educating high achieving students to be public school leaders," said Mary Kay Delaney, head of Meredith’s education department.

Meredith College’s education program has a unique approach to educating teachers. A Meredith student who plans to become a teacher majors in the field of her choice and, at the same time, pursues a program that leads to teaching licensure. This combination of a college major plus a teacher education program uniquely prepares Meredith graduates to meet the needs of their students.

Meredith College offers the following teacher education programs:
•Birth through Kindergarten
•Elementary K-6
•Middle Grades 6-9 in math, comprehensive science, social studies or English
•Secondary 9-12 in math, comprehensive science, social studies or English
•K-12 Specialty Areas in English as a Second Language, Spanish, Art, Music, Dance, Theater, Family & Consumer Sciences or Health and Physical Education.

Meredith College students who have participated in the N.C. Teaching Fellows Program have been well-prepared for success. Of NC Teaching Fellows who have graduated from Meredith College in the last three years, 100% have passed PRAXIS II, and over 95 percent are currently employed or in graduate school. The 2010 North Carolina Teacher of the Year, Jennifer Facciolini, was a NC Teaching Fellow at Meredith College. The 2010 Wake County Public School Teacher of the Year, Elizabeth Loftis Plotkin, was also a NC Teaching Fellow at Meredith College.

The deadline to apply for the Meredith College Teaching Fellows Program is January 15, 2012.To apply to the Meredith College Teaching Fellows Program, visit http://www.meredith.edu/teachfel.

For more information, contact the Teaching Fellows Director Jan Hargrove at (919) 760-2334 or hargjan@meredith.edu.

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