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What have we been doing?

Rounding down the 2009-2010 academic year, the Teaching fellows have stayed strong in their endeavors to help spread their love of education.

At the end of March, a group of 37 Fellows traveled north to explore the inner city school FAST, Friendship Academy for Science and Technology. These fellows had one full day of re-painting classrooms, an assembly room and a hallway as a part of an effort to helpimprove the overall atmosphere of the school. The fellows also had the opportunity to meet the motivated principal of this newly renovated middle school in Baltimore, Maryland. Principal Ian Roberts as well as many other members of the school were able to tell the fellows of the drastic changes the school has made since its public school days. The Fellows also toured the school to get a feel for these changes and to better understand the transformation of the school. On this trip, Fellows also explored Washington, D.C., getting to see the Smithsonian Holocaust Museum as well as the National Mall.

April still holds many more ways of showing the Teaching Fellows' passion for their profession. April 11 marked the bittersweet end of “Scrapbooking Sundays”. The publicity committee held the last session of handmade scrapbooking together with many other fellows. We now look toward the future of the new 2010-2011 online scrapbooks. The Teaching Fellows also enjoyed socializing on April 13th at the home baseball game against Charleston Southern. Rounding down the list of events for April is the Pre-K Pride Day downtown on April 17th. Teaching Fellows will be volunteering to face-paint for those Pre-K students who just can’t wait to be started in school! We also will hosting a Car Wash to raise funds for next year and participate in Disability workshop on April 26.

Teaching fellows are wished good luck on their finals starting on the 28th of April! Don’t forget your last few council meetings, and enjoy these last few weeks!

Service Learning in Baltimore

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Director Amy Rottmann with Erin Gruwell, the teacher who inspired the film, "Freedom Writers"

Amy Rottmann

Interim Director of Teaching Fellows Program

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Hello Fellows:

Wow, the semester is almost over, and we have accomplished some great things this spring.  Some of those wonderful things ranged from painting an inter-city school room to tutoring at the Wilmington Housing Authority. You all should be proud of all the community service you provided to the community and the teaching profession.  I love William Wordsworth saying that “The best portion of a good man’s life is his little nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.” As you continue to do your acts of kindness, know that those you encounter will remember you.

Seniors, as you head out into the teaching profession you will be those “good men” who give without expecting something in return.  Thank you for being a "good man” for you will make the difference in hundreds of thousands of kids.  Please remember that the UNCW Teaching Fellows Family is always here for you!! Best  of luck.

 Everyone have a great summer and continue to be the magnificent individuals you are through your generous acts of service. I know that in the fall you all, except the seniors, will return with some great ideas on how we can impact the community around us. 

Much love,


Tyler Shumate

Teaching Fellows President

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To All My New, Old, and Future Fellows,  

All I can say is thank you for a great two-year term. I have grown as a leader and have become a better person for that. I owe it all to a great office staff, consisting of our wonderful NEW PERMANENT DIRECTOR, Amy Rottmann, our lovely former director, KB, our awesome grad assistant, Elizabeth, and of course the man himself, Ben Brown. The Council for the past two years has also been great in helping foster and nurture a great program with 159 fellows. I will truly miss the position, but have no doubt in my mind that it will grow and flourish exponentially with our spectacular new Council and our new President Trent Crumpler. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and remember I am always here whenever you need me.  

Your Truly,  

President Emeritus

Tyler Shumate  

The future is always beginning now.  ~Mark Strand

UNCW Teaching Fellows Go Above and Beyond.

Here are some of their achievements:

Freshman Class:

  • Jeren Hernandez and Christopher Perez were named Freshman class representatives.
  • Katie Brunner and Erika Murray were named SGA representatives.
  • Monet Hardison won a scholarship for her essay as a part of the Blueberry Festival.
  • Michelle Bruno made the UNCW softball team.
  • Blake Bunn is now a member of the UNCW Cheerleading Squad.
  • Congratulations to Julia Buckner, Jennifer Covert, Andy Cupit, Krystal Fish, Kaitlin Gurganus, Monet Hardison, Jeanne Hodges, Lindsey Justice, Jennifer Messer, Chase Morgan, Bardin Murray, Erika Murray, Joey Read, Jordan Rouse, Kenly Simmons, and Laura Ullom for making the Dean's List during Fall 2009!
  • Congratulations to Teddy Walsh and Kelli Stephenson for making the Chancellor's List for Fall 2009!

Sophomore Class: 

  • Congratulations to Patrick Oliver for becoming the New Membership Education Chair and Sam Bruce for becoming the Historian of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.
  • Erika Woolbert joined the intermural volleyball team.
  • Congratulations to Brittany Knotts, Reba Schmidt, Jenna Baldiga, Nicole Horne, Kari Avolis, Elizabeth Budd, Jessica Dalere, Alex Hart, Katie Kelly, Hillary Laster, Katie Tilley, and Sharnee' White for making the Dean's List during Fall 2009!
  • Congratulations to Jessica Byrd, Brittany Isaac, and Jill Baldwin for making the Chancellor's List for Fall 2009!

Junior Class:

  • Sarah Graham is engaged!
  • Members of the junior class participated in the Junior Enrichment and Junior Conference.
  • Ivy McCreary won the Alpha Phi Alpha pageant and will now move onto the district level.
  • Congratulations to JoBeth Byrd, Nichole Kentrolis, Ivy McCreary, Jill Myers, Tara Tillman, Leslie Cottle, Tyler Grady, Tyler Knotts, Caroline Liles, MEgan Ray, Tyler Shumate, Ryan Stevens, Katie Tyson, and Iva Youhouse for making the Dean's List for Fall 2009!
  • Congratulations to Kaeli Sink, Joanna Tart, Katie Wakefield, Tara Dixon, Anna Gilleland, Sarah Graham, Katy Gwaltney, Emma Hollsworth, Lauren Smith, and Kristi Waltz for making the Chancellor's List for Fall 2009!

Senior Class: 

  • Tyler Hixon received the Wentworth Travel Fellowship to study Hemmingway in Michigan.
  • Caroline Medford received the Reed Walmsley Award for her academic achievement and contributions to the Teaching Fellows Program.
  • Members of the senior class participated in the Senior Enrichment and Senior Conference.
  • Bre van Velzen was named president of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, and Maryanne Garris was named secretary and webmaster.
  • Karla Albertson was named Study Abroad Ambassador for UNCW.
  • Beth Woolbert joined the intermural volleyball team.
  • Ronnie MacDougall will graduate early and start a new teaching position at Eaton Elementary.
  • Sarah Scruggs is engaged!
  • Congratulations to Kristin Brewer, Natalie Cicero, Caitlin Collins, Janine Collura, Kelly Davis, Abby Exum, Amanda Hannah, Aubrey Holloman, Caroline Medford, Katie Pritchard, Hannah Siler, Breana Van Velzen, and Beth Woolbert for making the Dean's List for Fall 2009!
  • Congratulations to Adrienne Cannady, Robin Evans, Jenny Hunnicut, Ronnie MacDougal, Brittany Mason, Ashlyn Morris, Cameron Steger, Carie Williamson for making the Chancellor's List for Fall 2009!