Every April since 2004, it has been our great pleasure and pride to announce the new class of EL Education Fund for Teachers Fellows. Fund for Teachers (FFT) awards grants for self-designed summer professional development for teachers to help them grow in and out of the classroom.
EL Education teachers have won over 500 fellowships since 2004, and these teachers have become leaders in the network and beyond. Among their number are four Klingenstein Teaching Award winners, multiple state Teacher of the Year honorees, and many who have eventually become EL Education staff.
Each Fund for Teachers fellowship is as unique as the teacher who designed it, and since 2001, FFT has transformed $32 million of grants into growth for 8,500 teachers and their students (up to $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for teams). FFT fellowships have taken place in 152 countries on every continent, empowering teachers to explore new ideas, new cultures, and new ways to make a difference.
Project: Attend the International Association of Special Education’s 16th Biennial Conference in Magamba, Tanzania, to address the predicament of providing effective, sustainable inclusive education and establish pathways for reducing the dropout rate of special education students.
Sonja Bolotin, Samantha Green, Jenna Legambi, and Molly Malloy
Project: Document literacy initiatives across Ethiopia while researching key cultural and historic sites to inform students' creation of Easy Reader books for Ethiopian peers and advance students academically and as active citizens.
Project: Enroll in language courses at Ahlan Egypt School in Alexandria, Egypt, while conducting research and interviews at surrounding sites to create a social studies and civics course about the youth-centric political and civic earthquake of the Egyptian Arab Spring.
Project: Research in Cape Town, South Africa, the scientific processes and research-based practices used by experts who averted the Day Zero water crisis to empower students to use science as a tool for justice in Chicago.
Project: Learn skills from artists in Grenada, West Indies, who represent students' Caribbean heritage to create a trauma-informed curriculum that awakens middle school students’ desire to create art as a means of expression and healing.
Project: Investigate throughout Turkey how the history and physical geography of the Silk Road dictated cultural and religious diffusion to create a differentiated case study for science and social studies students that explores ways of increasing tolerance within the community.
Project: Attend Stanford University's Mindset Mathematics workshop to increase personal exposure to a variety of math problems and create a positive math culture that encourages creative problem solving.
Project: Work alongside field researchers at the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center at the University of Washington and complete a field course in Denali National Park to design case studies that connect students with the best science-based information on climate change and prepares next-generation America to fight this global challenge.
Project: Visit indigenous communities in the Dakotas and Minnesota and, afterwards Carlisle, PA, site of the first Indian Boarding School, to learn and document indigenous ways of community healing from trauma to inform student research and personal growth.
Project: Enroll in Spanish immersion classes at the Academia Contacto in Madrid, independently research the migrant experience in Spain, and attend the Migration Conference in Bari, Italy, to inform a four-month, middle school unit called "The Immigrant and Refugee Experience."
Project: Embark on a three-week language and cultural immersion in the Dominican Republic to strengthen Caribbean-Spanish skills, increase student exposure to artists relevant to their backgrounds, and cultivate strong relationships with students and their families.
Project: Enroll in a Spanish immersion language program at the Don Quijote/Solexico Language and Cultural Center in Oaxaca, Mexico to build Spanish literacy skills, develop Spanish components of interdisciplinary units and learn about the the region's art forms to incorporate into a third-grade dual-language curriculum.
Project: Study photojournalism and storytelling with expert photojournalist Stella Johnson in Chania, Crete while documenting the personal stories and daily life in Nea Chora to create a documentary narrative of compelling images that tell a story.
Project: Embark on a four-week language and cultural immersion in Nicaragua and Costa Rica in order to strengthen family relationships, increase student achievement, and cultivate a strong school community.
Project: Attend the Space Port Area Conference for K-12 Educators at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida where I will network with NASA scientists, engineers, astronauts and educators from the around the country. After the conference I will tour the Space Center and experience the Astronaut Training Experience exhibit.
Project: Experience Biology field work firsthand by volunteering with Marine Biologists who study and restore coral reefs. This experience will help me create meaningful Biology curriculum that anchors our learning in coral reef case studies, establish a culture of environmental activism in my classroom, and increase my Spanish fluency.
Project: Participate in the CDC’s Science Ambassador Fellowship program. This fellowship will begin with a five-day residency at the CDC in Atlanta, and continue as a remote curriculum development collaboration between fellows and CDC scientists.
Project: Visit civil and human rights museums in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. to explore historical changemakers, meet with grassroots organizers in D.C., and then connect this learning to the structure of the federal government to learn the process by which individuals can make a difference in order to cultivate a mindset of change in our students.
Project: Our team will visit Wellington, NZ, Melbourne, AU, and Singapore to conduct interviews and collect data about biophilic and sustainable design in architecture and in schools. Using this data, our 10th grade English and Math students will write a math-driven proposal for a sustainable, biophilic addition to our new school building.
Project: By taking Spanish language immersion classes and exploring indigenous and Spanish culture in Oaxaca, Mexico, we will build a culturally relevant curriculum to engage students in core classes, serve English Language Learners, focus on the intersection of art and activism, and extend communication and relationships with Spanish-speaking families.
Project: Investigate language, culture and ecology intertwined in Gaelic to develop a unit for my curriculum and to better relate to, engage, teach and understand language and cultural minority students and families. Immerse in minority language revitalization to uncover implicit biases as a white teacher and unconscious oppressor in a monolingual culture.
Project: Attend the Space Port Conference for Educators at the Kennedy Space Center to enhance the current space colonization unit I have created. This 5th grade student led unit focuses on problem solving, is inquiry based and includes numerous subject areas to create a unique and engaging learning experience for all.
Project: Create a self-directed short summer residency to study Hurricane Maria, and use it as a proxy for better understanding the human impact of an increasingly warming planet. We will use our experience to write an 8th grade STEAM learning expedition.
Project: Enroll in a Spanish immersion program at the Gaia Amazon Spanish School in Ecuador in order to learn Spanish, improve communication with my students and their Spanish speaking families, and help the students improve their English language skills while gaining an understanding of the unique ecosystems and animals of the Amazon rainforest.
Project: Research the evidence and impact of climate change on the wetlands near Churchill, Manitoba with the Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC), in order to learn the skills and methods of scientific field research and develop an authentic fieldwork component on for our 6th grade earth science curriculum.
Project: Conduct interviews and observations of models of schools that have successfully implemented systems of restorative practices in New Zealand; Bethlehem, PA; Oakland, CA; and Santa Cruz, CA. Learn restorative discipline best practices from experts and school sites in order to strengthen my school’s restorative discipline system.
Project: Enhance my science course curriculum by establishing a permanent educational partnership with the Utila Dive Center (UDC) and Whaleshark and Oceanic Research Center (WSORC) in Utila, Honduras and receive training to lead “Discover Scuba” Classes through our local YMCA Community Pool.
Fund for Teachers supports educators' efforts to develop skills, knowledge and confidence that impact student achievement. By trusting teachers to design unique fellowships, Fund for Teachers grants validate teachers' professionalism and leadership, as well. Since 2001, Fund for Teachers has invested 30 million in nearly 8,000 teachers, transforming grants into growth for teachers and their students.
Alejandro Avalos Victoria Cavanaugh Carly Coles Christine Dunbar Simon Farrell Charles FitzGibbon Greg Gentile Lauren Greenspan Julia Handelman Matthew Hicks Bethany Hobbs Abigail Kirchman Kevin Mears Glen Meinschein Kara Morrison Dana Nelson Shilisha October Sharon Rixner Toni Sulmers Lynn Vona Katie Woodbridge
Whitney Anopol Kristen Burgmaster Melinda Caparco Taiese Carson Frederick Carstens Lori Davis Laurajean Drake LaToya Dunbar Brian Fedele Cynthia Grapel Adam Hanlon Jessica Harrington Audrey Hight Jenny Johansson Christopher Kenny Ariel Kramer Todd Kutyla Robert McCloy Suzanne Mitchell Anne Moore Susan Muir Jianan Shi Rosella Striffler Jason Sullivan Kathleen Surface Luseane Tafisi Lisa Tilley Julia Tomasko Cherie Wood Lisa Zeller
Sarah Barney Elizabeth Barszcz Heidi Batchelder John Paul Bennett Sara Boeck Teresa Carr Patricia Davis Kevin deKay Christopher Dolgos David Durnell Jon Exall Ty Flom Nina Gribetz Kelly Habecker Shane Heideman Paul Joyce Marin Leroy Jessica Mascle Tamra Plotnick Holly Pratz Carrie Ann Pusey Molly Rosinski Victoria Schroeder Abigail Sewall Katherine Shapiro Pollyanna Sidell Catherine Smith Erin Thesing Elizabeth West Erin Zarko
Erica Adelman Stefanie Baker Howard Brinkerhoff Kayleigh Carvalho Adam Chasen Erin Cooper Milagros Cruz Nicole Cummings Megan DeRitter Emily Edwards Alexandra Edwards Sarah Fishstrom Charity Johnston Hillary Kelkenberg Scott Lammer Jennifer Love Nessa Mahmoudi Teresa McEntire Julie Neumaier Brandon Olszewski Adam Pavelchik Maria Peláez Jesse Pryor Elizabeth Smallwood Elizabeth Smith Matt Strand Trina Thomson LuAnn Underwood Opal Wecker
Angela Ackerman Marilu Alvarado-Hernandez Lewis Alverson Molly Brady Karen Bruun Brian Cole Miriam Cooper Genevieve Dunzelman Jeffrey Dyer Trina Ford Ellen Fracassini Melissa Fredericks Joy Free Theresa Funk Royce Hale Sarah Henkel Lauren Hotz Caitlin Hutt Graham Johnson Courtney King Megan Mahan Brett Marcotte JoAnna Miller Kelly Nickell Carmen Noel Debra Ortenzi Shari Parks Paula Russo Katherine Schutte Cassandra Seiter Sarah Shay Kayla Shea Melisa Siegel Jennifer Sime Kyla Spindler Siddharth Sudan Jennifer Sunderland Debra Susi Gian Tornatore Marisa Weinstein Theresa Williams Craig Wisniewski
Hadley Bachman Sara Batke Kevin Denton Edward Dougherty Adam Driggers Simon Farrell Marten Frazier Michael Gelbart Rachel Gruner Melissa Larry Karen Lechner Eric Levine John Lydon Rachel Madris Jessica Mascle Kimberly Maxey Anne Moore Anthony Riccio Thomas Rochowicz Eric Shieh Joshua Steckel Nathaniel Streicher Michael Taylor Maria Vaughan Hockett Diane Williams Toni Wright Jennifer Wu
Wilson Boyd Jessica Bruck Kristen Burgmaster Rhonda Carpenter Sydney Chaffee Rayna Dineen Jane Doherty Christopher Dolgos Debra Duffe Isabel Estrada-Jamison Jonathan Esvelt Melissa Glantz Catherine Henzel Kelly Kroese David Lenzner Bridget Maio Sarah Manuel Penny Patrick Cynthia Pawlowski David Peplinski Diana Pollock Garcia Seth Rader Jennifer Rightmyer Ann Rybak Kimberly Scher Geoffrey Schutte Suzanne Shakespeare Susan Shiney Kylee Shipp Lisa Tilley Alicia Whitney
Beth Adel Denali Alt Daniel Anderson Kari Bangtson Sarah Bruskotter Linda Bullock Cynthia Cassidy Mia Chmiel Ashley Clark Jennifer Dines Brittany Dore Keeler Laurajean Drake Noel Falk Jennifer Falkowski Tera Fieri Stephanie Gallegos Erin Hale Lisa Hazel Natasha Kruithof Steven Lee-Davis Spero Michailidis Marina Mutz Ethan Newlin Crystal O'Brien Dana Parlier Pease Viviana Perez Jeffrey Reiche Isabelle Renot Giannella Jeffrey Schneider April Slagle Gabrielle Smith Tracy Teetaert Anne Thulson Jackson Westenskow Jason Wiedmaier Jessica Wood
Natalie Ball Alan Beaulieu Sarah Boddy Mary Bohning Allison Bol Gabrielle Bougher Allison Carey Tara Cudia Deidre Cuffee-Gray Edward Dougherty Molly Dykman-Wilson Liza Eaton Jeanette Edelstein Adelina Gonzales Ryan Grindel Molly Hall-Payne Kathreen Harrison Cynthia Landergan Brigette Ligenza Aerie Maymudes Jenifer McCrory JOhn McLeod Lenora Medcalf-Bauske Kathy Millar Beth Mowry Lucas Newman Jennifer Parsons Josan Perales Leah Plath Rhae Reiker Jennifer Rockers Corrine Sieser Susie Smith Leslie St.Lawrence Matthew Strand Lesley Sullivan Randy Walters Karen Wambold Rachael Wooden Toni Wright Tracey Zaval Horvath
Stephanie Aberger Sarah Akhtar Heidi Bergmann David Bertram Jeanne Boland Elaine Colella Sandra Collins Josh Cornwell Cynthia Coughlin Tarik Cranston Katherine Daniels Mary Eschen Kristine Favaloro Anne Goldkamp Amy Gookin Anna Hadgis Jennifer Henderson Laura Hewett Stephen Hitchcock Aurora Kushner John Lester Rachel Lloyd Judith Locicero Mark Martin Michael Maxwell Danielle Meeker Lynne Mooradian Danny Moore Charles Murphy Eileen Murphy Sharon Olsen David Peplinski Diana Garcia Pollock Robert Rinehart Marcia Salem Clark Schlegel Timothy Sennett Callie Shanahan Lindsay Slabich Walter Thornton Audrey Valiton Deborah Warshaw Mary Westlund Katherine Williams Rivkah Wircberg JoZeph Zaremba
Todd Bohannon Kristopher Charles Kerry Distelrath Jake Dobson Matthew Edinger Paula Eichner Robin Fountain Brianna Gask-Wilson Jena Hanes Tracy Harris Kristin Harrison Susan Healey Peter Hill Giselle Isbell Luey Kane Jennifer Lawson Marcia Leibold Martie Lenk Victoria Lewis Lindsay MacCuaig Elizabeth Magee Dirk Matthias Ashli McMahon Rachel Milos Brenda Murphy Chris Napolitano Dorothy Natoli Carolynne Schleede George Sharp Sidney Shepherd Sara Stoebner Sarah Sutter Pelaez Tere Rodney Ward Erica Wernsmann Jennifer Willison Kira Wilsterman Kristine Wollermann
Loyda Abreu Paris Erica Allen Tamara Arroyo David Bailey Elaine Barker Emily Becker Lori Berryman Joanne Brown Tracie Burroughs Christenia Coast Carol Dryden Brian Faulkner Joanne FitzPatrick Berta GonzÃ¡lez Christi Gubser Lee Harvey Norma Hessling Peter Hilling Krista Hollis Leslie Hornan Samae Horner Patricia Howell Jean Hurst Tehuti Imhotep Reid Jorgenson James Laidlaw David Manzella RamÃ³n Morales-Rivera Aixa MuÃ±iz Matt Newsum Janet Nieves Stephanie Owens Carmen Perez Gerald Reyes Eduardo Rivera Melody Rockwell Ruth Schneeberg Claudie Smith Lise Spangenthal Sarah Spencer Janice Stone Heather Tate Carri Thomason Heather Thompson Iremig Torres-Perez Keri Troehler Myrna Vanderburg Kristin Varness Cathy Weber Diane Welch Mitchell Whitehurst Stephanie Williams Kathleen Wilson Bree Woodruff Christine Worozbyt Todd Worple Monika Zawkiewicz
Jessica Aronson Kathy Berg Nancy Bernard Karen Bradley Mari Brockhaus Patsy Cada Linda Colman Eleanor Davis Eric Dueppen Philip Dyer Susan Edwards Frank Falduto Jospeh Farrell Terre Ferrell Judy Galli Monica Gatzow Nancy Germani Carrie Haymond-Hesketh Teresa Hill Sarah Hinton Lynn Hovey Sally James Mark Jordan Lila Klahn Barbara Knapstein Becky Kusche Shelley Lotze Ruth MacLean Wanda Maldonado Valerie McKern Caitlin Munroe Paula Murphy Sarah Newcomer Myrna Padilla Diane Pancratz Adriana Paredes Kimberly Parker Myra Parks Carla Patch Amy Pinnegar Sydney Potestio Dora Powell Traci Price Anita Ranum Ryan Roling Nibia Rolon Sandy Roney Nilda Rosario John Sava Danielle Schiffhouer-Catone Aaron Schildkrout Sheerie Slatton Maggie Smiley Pam Smith LariKay Smith Brett Smith Helen Spruill Elizabeth Spruill-Ryals Matt Strand Vicki Sullivan Peter Thulson Patrice Tucker Brittain Villaflor Tracy Vining Tammy Wittmeyer Jennifer Wood Donald Worley