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Press Release: National Science Foundation TEACH! SouthCoast Celebration Recognizes Teacher Leadership


National Science Foundation TEACH! SouthCoast Celebration Recognizes Teacher Leadership

22 Teaching Fellows, Master Teaching Fellows Honored for Commitment to STEM, Leadership, & Innovative Five Year Program

Author:  Joseph Sullivan [Contact]
Date:  January 31, 2014
Department:   Center for University School Community Partnerships
Dartmouth, MA (January 31, 2014) - UMass Dartmouth's Center for University, School and Community Partnerships (CUSP) hosted a National Science Foundation (NSF) Dinner Celebration, yesterday evening at UMass Dartmouth's Woodland Commons to recognize 13 Master Teaching Fellows for completing a rigorous, innovative teacher leadership program and 9 Teaching Fellows for earning their Master's Degree and being endorsed for initial licensure by Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

22 teachers from New Bedford, Fall River, and Wareham public schools, Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School and Global Learning Charter Public School were chosen through a highly competitive application process based on their STEM content knowledge, evidence of leadership capacity, and willingness to commit to an innovative rigorous five year program.

The Teaching Fellow or Master Teaching Fellow cohort was funded by a $2.86 million grant from the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program awarded to CUSP in Fall 2011. CUSP partnered with UMass Dartmouth's Kaput Center, School for Marine Science and Technology, Department of STEM Education and Teacher Development, Math Department, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, School of Engineering, and College of Visual & Performing Arts to establish the teacher leadership program which is funded through the summer of 2017.

The Principal Investigator for the TEACH! SouthCoast grant is CUSP Executive Director Karen O'Connor. The Co-Principal Investigator is UMass Dartmouth Associate Provost Dr. Tesfay Meressi. The TEACH! SouthCoast Director is CUSP Associate Director Dr. Patricia Trina Crowley and the TEACH! SouthCoast Program Coordinator is Kym Welty of CUSP.

Honorees Include:

Teaching Fellows:
Lauren Aubertine
Hometown/Residence: Dartmouth, MA, Fairhaven, MA
Math Teacher at Normandin Middle School (New Bedford, MA)
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Teaching Fellow
Master's Degree and DESE Initial License in Middle School Math

Christopher Blake
Hometown/Residence: Westborough, MA, New Bedford, MA
Biology Teacher at Whaling City High School (New Bedford, MA)
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Teaching Fellow
Master's Degree and DESE Initial License in Biology

Michael Bobola
Hometown/Residence: Fairhaven, MA
Math Teacher at Roosevelt Middle School (New Bedford, MA)
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Teaching Fellow
Master's Degree and DESE Initial License in Middle School Math

Mahlon Davis
Hometown/Residence: Stoneham, MA, Westport, MA
Chemistry Teacher At Durfee High School-New Bedford Public Schools
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Teaching Fellow
Master's Degree and DESE Initial License in Chemistry

Nealyn Dunlop
Hometown/Residence: Marion, MA
Science Teacher at Roosevelt Middle School (New Bedford, MA)
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Teaching Fellow
Master's Degree and DESE  Initial License in Middle School General Science

Brooke Fatula
Hometown/Residence: Acushnet, MA
Biology Teacher at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Teaching Fellow
Master's Degree and DESE Initial License in Biology

Daniela Fidalgo
Hometown/Residence: Fairhaven, MA
Math Teacher at Normandin Middle School (New Bedford, MA
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Teaching Fellow
Master's Degree and DESE Initial License in Middle School Math

Liss O'Connell
Hometown/Residence: Fall River, MA
Biology Teacher at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School (Fall River, MA)
Master's Degree and DESE Initial License in Biology

Stephen Prario
Hometown/Residence: Somerset, MA
Science Teacher at Morton Middle School (Fall River, MA)
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Teaching Fellow
Earned Master's Degree and DESE Initial License in Middle School General Science


Master Teaching Fellow Professional Participants:

Scott Atkinson
Hometown/Residence: East Freetown, MA
Biology Teacher at Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate

Pamela Baptiste
Hometown/Residence: North Dartmouth, MA
Biology Teacher at Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate

Sean Brown
Hometown/Residence: Plymouth, MA
Biology Teacher-Wareham High School
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate

Michelle Campos
Hometown/Residence: Portsmouth, RI
Math Teacher at Normandin Middle School (New Bedford, MA)
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate

Sarah Chapin
Hometown/Residence: Providence, RI, Cambridge, MA
Science Teacher at Matthew J. Kuss Middle School (Fall River, MA)
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate

Diana Cost
Hometown/Residence: Carver, MA
Biology Teacher at Global Learning Charter Public School (New Bedford, MA)
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate

Carl Junier
Hometown/Residence: New Bedford, MA, Acushnet, MA
Math Teacher at Wareham Middle School
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate

Bonnie Lasorsa
Hometown/Residence: Forestdale, MA
Math Teacher at Wareham Middle School
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate

Aimee O'Neil
Hometown/Residence: South Dartmouth, MA
Biology Teacher at Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate

Patricia Riley
Hometown/Residence: Fairhaven, MA
Math Teacher at Normandin Middle School (New Bedford, MA)
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate

Jennifer Saunders
Hometown/Residence: Fall River, MA
Science Teacher and Department Chair at Morton Middle School (Fall River, MA)
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate

Sandra Sullivan
Hometown/Residence: Somerset, MA, Fall River, MA
Science Teacher at Matthew J. Kuss Middle School (Fall River, MA)
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate

Stephen Vaitses
Hometown/Residence:  Mattapoisett, MA
Chemistry Teacher at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School (Fall River, MA)
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate


TEACH! SouthCoast continues to provide participants with courses, seminars, workshops, and professional offerings to improve teachers' content knowledge, knowledge and use of technology and teacher leadership skills.
 

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