Topic: Teachers College

May 14, 2012

Ball State University has introduced its newest class of Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellows for the 2012-13 academic year. This group consists of top recent graduates and accomplished mid-career professionals who want to enter in the classroom from jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They eventually will teach math and science in Indiana's urban and rural schools.
Each Fellow receives a $30,000 stipend to complete a special year-long intensive master's program at Ball State, plus classroom-based preparation. They will commit to teach for at least three years in a high-need Indiana school, with ongoing support and mentoring, and will be ready to begin in the fall of 2013.

Overall, 54 new Fellows have been selected this year from participating Indiana colleges and universities. The other universities are Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Purdue University, and the University of Indianapolis.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation administers the program, which has been funded by a $15 million grant from The Lilly Endowment Inc., and a supplemental $3 million in state support. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has championed the program since its inception in 2007.

Ball State's 2012 Fellows are:
Caroline Chow
Wheaton, Ill.
Taylor University, '12, chemistry
Undergraduate researcher, muscle chemistry during exercise; teaching assistant; peer leader, group polymer research; medical clerk/assistant; dean's list student; co-director, community recycling effort.
Julian Dietrich
Reading, Pa.
Albright College, '11, mathematics/physics (double major)
Campus grant recipient for physics research (general relativity); dean's list student; travel experience in Australia and Japan; staffer for summer youth conferences on campus; advocate for assistance to high-need/low income communities; member of campus anime society.
Matthew Mindach
Marion, Ind.
Indiana Wesleyan University, '10, chemistry
Rehabilitation technician; high school tutor (chemistry, biology, math); undergraduate researcher in chemistry; dean's list student; gymnastics instructor; volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, local homeless shelter; son of a teacher.
Robert Paterson
Mishawaka, Ind.
Ball State University, '95, industrial engineering
Former master machinist, for an internationally-known aerospace manufacturer; mechanical designer and builder; substitute teacher, high school math/physics.
Barak Pauley
Marion, Ind.
Ball State University, '12, physics
Dean's list student with minors in astronomy and mathematics; Noyce Scholar; volunteer ministry leader and mentor, middle- and high-school students; marching band assistant; Boys and Girls Club volunteer; audiovisual technician; carpenter.
William Steelman
Dillsboro, Ind.
Purdue University, '95, nuclear engineering
Licensing engineer/manager, nuclear generating station, with nearly 20 years experience in field of power generation; trainer, core designer, and plant operator; early responder as utility personnel and New Orleans resident after Hurricane Katrina.
Brian Wenninger
Scott, Ohio
Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, '04, computer science
Software engineer with more than 10 years experience in private sector; math tutor and cross-country coach, local high school; presentations to local high schools on engineering careers; missions/service volunteer in post-Katrina Mississippi; local food pantry volunteer.