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Biology major awarded ‘Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellowship’

April 24, 2014

Biology major Sharita Hill has been awarded the 2014 Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellowship. This is a national competition which requires several levels of evaluation. Hill is expected to graduate this May and will pursue her Master’s in Education at John Carroll University in the fall of 2014.

Hill has been working on her senior thesis project while interning at Case Western Reserve University, serving as a research assistant and program facilitator for the Infectious Diseases Alliance. She is also the current president of Students of Science at Ursuline. Hill is a mother of two and a Cleveland native.

According to the organization’s mission, the ‘Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship’ seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields (science, technology,engineering, and mathematics) into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and New Jersey. The Teaching Fellowship includes admission to a master’s degree program at a partner university; preparation for teacher certification in science, mathematics or technology education; extensive preparation for teaching in a high-need urban or rural secondary school for one full year prior to becoming the teacher-of-record in a science or math classroom; and a one year stipend for financial support.

“As a nontraditional student, I feel like I second guess myself a lot. I always wonder if I’m good enough, smart enough, prepared enough. When I received my acceptance letter into the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship I felt empowered. I felt as if I can never second guess my abilities again because this fellowship is proof that my nontraditional title has no bearing on what I am capable of accomplishing,” said Hill

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