2015 Asheville Fellows Awarded

Asheville Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Four Local Teachers Grants for Self-Designed Fellowships

(HOUSTON) April 2, 2015 – Teachers work both as technicians teaching particular skills and intellectuals developing a love of learning.* To remain effective in both roles, teachers need development and inspiration. Fund for Teachers annually awards grants to preK-12 educators who address professional learning gaps through self-designed summer fellowships. Today, Fund for Teachers announces its list of 2015 Fellows, which includes four local educators:

  • Elizabeth Post (Asheville Middle) will circumnavigate the island of Puerto Rico interviewing experts on and members of the Taino culture to present a less “euro-centric” view of social studies;
  • Donna Marcelo (Asheville Middle) will investigate in the United Kingdom methods used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining integrity of the numerous historic buildings to lead students in a study of preservation and progress on a local level;
  • Lauren Jones (Asheville High) will research special education intervention strategies in Lebanon, Greece and Turkey to implement new strategies that better meet the needs of minority students with disabilities in regular education inclusion settings; and,
  • Marin Leroy (Evergreen Community Charter School) will attend the Edible Schoolyard Academy in Berkeley, CA, with subsequent mentored planning time at a K-8 Life Lab garden in Santa Cruz, CA, to strengthen current curriculum and vision future projects alongside garden and kitchen classroom educators from across the nation.
  • For a complete list of grant recipients and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

“On my FFT fellowship in Africa last summer, I was curious and inquisitive, experienced problem-based learning, collaborated with people different from myself and immersed myself in a culture very different from my own,” said Patti Evans, teacher at Isaac Dickson Elementary. “I gained a greater appreciation for diversity which will lead to greater tolerance for those who live and think differently from me. I built an understanding of the daily life of school children on the other side of the world and now bring that awareness to my students in a creative authentic way.”

Fund for Teachers is one of the largest funders of teacher learning in the country, investing $24 million in more than 6,500 teachers. For more information about the application process, grant winners or student outcomes, visit fundforteachers.org.

*Center for Public Education, Teaching the Teachers: Effective Professional Development in an Era of High Stakes Accountability, 2013.