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What have we been doing?

     Despite the blistery winter weather across all of North Carolina, Open House was a success on January 30! It provided prospective Teaching Fellows the opportunity to see our campus and talk to current UNCW Teaching Fellows.  They received vital information about our program and school during the various sessions. They also toured Schwartz Hall in order to see the real life of a UNCW freshman in the Teaching Fellows Program.

     Due to the snow storm that Wilmington encountered on Friday February 19, the Teaching Fellows regional screening was rescheduled for Saturday February 27.  Prospective Teaching Fellows should report to Cameron Hall instead of the Education Building.  The 2010 Regional Teacher Cadet Conference will be using the Education Building during the time of the regional screening for Teaching Fellows.  

     The Heartburn Dance had great participation and was a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. There were delicious refreshments available and something for everyone. It was a great opportunity to just mingle, while others showed off their moves on the dance floor. There was everything from a conga line to the electric slide on the dance floor, not to mention a very rhythmic Amy Rottmann showing off her moves too! The decorations were beautiful, and they set the mood for a very fun and exciting night for everyone.

     The freshman Teaching Fellows were able to experience in their seminar the inspiring words of the prominent writer, educator and activist, Dr. Jonathan Kozol. He graciously answered anxious questions, and told of his experiences with the teaching profession. He was an amazing inspiration for the room full of future educators, and made a significant impression on the group. Later that night, Dr. Kozol also spoke at the Kenan Auditorium offering more words of wisdom about the educational institution and its injustices in the country.

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Amy Rottmann with Dr. Jonathan Kozol

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Open House

Amy Rottmann

Interim Director of Teaching Fellows Program

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Hello Fellows,

I think since the month of February is short, I will keep my address short too…ok, stop acting surprised, I can keep things short!  I would first like to thank Trent and Bailey as well as those who helped out on our big day for making Open House such a success! 

To all my Fellows, I want to say thank you so much for making the UNCW Teaching Fellows such a great program; and thank you for allowing me to work with each one of you. I truly enjoy coming to work because I am able to work with some phenomenal future teachers.  When I read this quote the other day, I thought of you all: “Be the change you want to see in the world” – Ghandi. I know many of strive to make great changes every day; and I am honored to see, hear, and experiences your positive impact on the world around you. Thank you.

Have a wonderful February!



Tyler Shumate

Teaching Fellows President

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Hello Fellows,  

February is off to a cold and blistery start, with the state being hit by three snowstorms in eight days. Of course, Wilmington saw none of this. However, the office is still working hard to better this program on a daily basis.

There are just a few things I would like to point out. We have the Heartburn Ball, next Monday, February 15th in the Burney Center. All Fellows are welcome, and you may also bring a guest. Secondly, remember to always check the calendar on our website for events, and pay attention to my emails so that you can have all the inside information on what is coming up. Thanks for all you do, and keep up the hard work.  

Yours Truly,   Tyler Shumate

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!