By: Dr. Jenna Hallman
Dr. Lauren Gehr, 2005 Teaching Fellows cohort member at UofSC Columbia, has been busy writing articles on digital assessments, literacy, and student engagement for Edutopia while also teaching English in Lexington/Richland School District 5. Her latest post titled, "How Using Authentic Digital Assessments Can Benefit Students," describes how she included student choice in her revised assessments while teaching virtually, hybrid, and face-to-face. According to Lauren, "Virtual assessments are the most effective and efficient methods for assessing student learning today and tomorrow." We love seeing graduates of the Teaching Fellows Program succeeding and supporting other educators. Way to go, Dr. Gehr!
By: Dr. Tracey Hunter-Doniger, Campus Director
The College of Charleston recently welcomed the incoming cohort of Teaching Fellows with a few special events. The freshmen met their sophomore mentors at an ice cream social. Dr. Hunter-Doniger reported that this was a wonderful event, and the freshmen are looking forward to meeting their "extended Teaching Fellows families." The extended families include the current juniors who served as mentors to the current sophomores when they were freshmen, etc. The freshmen cohort also participated in a Gullah tour and attended a Riverdogs baseball game. Several Teaching Fellows were even featured on the jumbotron!
By: Charli Watts, Class of 2022, CCU Teaching Fellow
The CCU Teaching Fellows are very excited to welcome their 15 freshman fellows. In hopes of building great connections and friendships with one another, each cohort of CCU Teaching Fellows hosted an event for the 2021 cohort. The events included a Welcome Reception with parents on Saturday, a Welcome Reception with all Fellows on Sunday, Movie Monday with the Senior cohort, Tuesday Tour Talks with mentor/mentees, Water paint Wednesday with the Junior cohort, Tie-Dye Thursday with the Sophomore cohort, a fun afternoon at the trampoline park on Friday, and to finish the week, Sun Saturday at the beach for a picnic!
By: Dr. Tim Lintner, Campus Director
New Fellows and a new tradition! The USC Aiken Teaching Fellows welcomed 11 Freshmen by hosting the inaugural Teaching Fellows Induction Ceremony. Each incoming Fellow was given a memento – a tangible symbol of significance or wisdom – by the sophomore, junior and senior Fellows. Each Fellow presented their memento to the Freshmen cohort and stated the significance behind it. The Freshmen Fellows left with 26 mementos, each a permanent reminder of what it means to be an teacher-leader and a Teaching Fellow at USC Aiken. It was a moving, heartfelt and truly inspirational experience for all our Fellows.
By: Dr. Jenna Hallman, Teaching Fellows Program Director
Over the last two Saturdays, the CERRA Teaching Fellows staff and the Campus Directors had the pleasure of welcoming the 2021 cohort of students to the Program! Fellows who will attend CSU, CCU, CofC, FMU, UofSC Aiken, and UofSC Columbia met on June 19th, while Fellows who attend AU, CU, LU, UofSC Upstate, and WU met on June 26th. The in-person orientation included:
Highlights for students were opportunities to hear from the 2021-22 SC Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Amy Carter, and meet their Campus Director and other cohort members.
By: Rebecca Gaura, Sophomore, Publicity Chair
Anderson University freshman Teaching Fellows were delighted to have Mrs. Sarah Gams, the South Carolina Teacher of the Year, as well as Mr. Todd Scholl, mindfulness advocate, visit on March 15, 2021, to assist and lead in our bi-annual professional development session. Teaching Fellows set aside the afternoon to bond with their cohort, as well as to grow as individuals and future educators. Mrs. Gams, former English teacher at Spring Hill High School (and a fantastic one, as well!), presented on the importance of Social-Emotional Learning. Connecting to your students as people, not just learners, and ensuring they all are aware of their potential for success are crucial for creating an inclusive and encouraging classroom environment. Mr. Scholl presented on the importance of making time for rest and to de-stress as a busy teacher in order to address the needs of all students. He taught us some techniques such as breathing exercises and being aware of how our actions can affect others. The freshman cohort is incredibly thankful for the professional development and time to join together.
By: Dr. Tim Lintner
USC Aiken Teaching Fellows Skyla Watson and Deanna McCord presented original research at the annual Scholars Showcase. Both Special Education majors, Skyla’s research was titled Selective Mutism while Deanna’s research was titled Exploring Disssociative Disorder in Schools. Scholars Showcase highlights multidisciplinary original research from across the USC Aiken campus. The School of Education at USC Aiken is extremely proud of both Skyla and Deanna!
By: Dr. Tim Lintner
The University of South Carolina Aiken is pleased to announce that Teaching Fellow Karli Overton has been selected to serve as a Chancellor’s Ambassador for the 2021-2020 school year. The most prestigious student leadership position on campus, Chancellor’s Ambassadors represent the Office of the Chancellor at both on and off campus events. Karli is the fifth USC Aiken Teaching Fellow to have been awarded this coveted and prestigious position. Congratulations Karli!
By Dr. Timothy Lintner
The USC Aiken Teaching Fellows were proud to “welcome back” six former Fellows – Alex Kinard, Angelika Davis, Darius Ross, Christa Hipps, Eleanor Powell and Catherine Pullan. These former Fellows shared tips, strategies and some pretty interesting stories about the importance of getting to know your students and building relationships with them. It was wonderful to have these amazing educators back on campus sharing their experiences and insights with our current Fellows.
Submitted by Elizabeth Brown, TF Vice President of Engagement , Coastal Carolina University
Our Coastal Carolina University Teaching Fellows Program is always striving to give back to our community. This year, we are able to support children in the local community by offering free virtual tutoring. The Community Outreach Committee in our program has been working hard on this Virtual Tutoring Program in hopes that our Fellows will be able to help these children who are struggling with school right now. This experience allows our Fellows to learn the importance of helping children while also allows them the opportunity to learn more about teaching. We hope that we can positively impact these children and our local community through this new Virtual Tutoring Program!