Current Fund for Teachers Fellows

2020 Fund for Teachers Fellows

To avoid potential health and safety risks associated with travel and group gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, Fund for Teachers has made the difficult decision to defer all 2020 fellowships to 2021.

We congratulate the following teachers who will embark on their self-designed learning odysseys in the summer of 2021:

Pamela Anderson
Chandler Junior High School

Explore across Ireland and Scotland how storytelling bridges the past and present to help students develop an understanding and respect for other cultures, build their reading, writing, and oral presentation skills, and gain exposure to and an appreciation for their own cultural roots and diverse cultures.

Jill Auten
Deer Creek High School

Create mini video lessons with correlating essential questions from sites associated with the birth of our nation in Philadelphia, PA, to enhance the learning of U.S. History and U.S. Government students.

Lana Bible
Jenks East High School

Attend The Network of Immersion & CLIL Educators (Content and Language Integrated Learning) Conference in Seville, Spain, to learn strategies for addressing the needs of language learners who are emotionally and behaviorally fragile due to trauma and those with interrupted formal education.

Amy Branch
West Junior High School, Moore

Attend the TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication related handicapped CHildren) training at the University of North Carolina to develop proficiencies in teaching functional academic, vocational, and leisure skills that increase lifelong independence for students with disabilities.

Kim Byrd
Ketchum Elementary School

Research historic sites in Washington DC to instill in students a stronger love for our nation’s history, inspire them with stories of the endurance and fortitude of our Founding Fathers and introduce to the curriculum a History Bowl that incorporates the community as judges.

Sabrina Chandler
Ketchum Elementary School

Research historic sites in Washington DC to instill in students a stronger love for our nation’s history, inspire them with stories of the endurance and fortitude of our Founding Fathers and introduce to the curriculum a History Bowl that incorporates the community as judges.

Stacey Davis
Southwest Technology Center, Altus

Document Hawaii’s environmentally conscious culture to heighten student awareness of how their actions affect the global community through authentic real-world problem solving experiences that culminate in an Earth Day celebration.

Michelle Diaz
Jenks East High School

Attend The Network of Immersion & CLIL Educators (Content and Language Integrated Learning) Conference in Seville, Spain, to learn strategies for addressing the needs of language learners who are emotionally and behaviorally fragile due to trauma and those with interrupted formal education.

Katie Donaghue
Deer Creek High School

Create mini video lessons with correlating essential questions from sites associated with the birth of our nation in Philadelphia, PA, to enhance the learning of U.S. History and U.S. Government students.

Betty Foshee
Lee Elementary School, Tulsa

Attend Project Zero Classroom in Cambridge, MA, to continue school wide integration of flexible, systematic and research-based practices with an emphasis in three core practices: thinking routines, documentation of child thinking, and reflective professional practice.

Andrea Frost
Ketchum Elementary School

Research historic sites in Washington DC to instill in students a stronger love for our nation’s history, inspire them with stories of the endurance and fortitude of our Founding Fathers and introduce to the curriculum a History Bowl that incorporates the community as judges.

Daphne Gaebler
Mannford Middle School

Document US Japanese American relocation sites and related museums in Washington, California, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah to develop materials for learning focused on the lasting effects of America’s impact and role in World War II.

Michale Gentry
Lincoln Elementary School, Norman

Explore key places along Route 66 to create digital teaching resources about Oklahoma history and how we can share our stories – past and present – as we engage as invested citizens in our state’s future.

Tina Livingstone
Parkview Elementary School, Stroud

Learn techniques for fostering imagination and ingenuity through the Creativity Workshop in Florence and, afterwards, explore museums there and in New York City to find inspiring ways to incorporate visual art into core subjects and to produce students who are inventors and problem-solvers.

Elizabeth Martin
Lee Elementary School, Tulsa

Attend Project Zero Classroom in Cambridge, MA, to continue school wide integration of flexible, systematic and research-based practices with an emphasis in three core practices: thinking routines, documentation of child thinking, and reflective professional practice.

Tasha McKinney
Emerson Alternative Education, Oklahoma City

Attend the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in Chicago to learn about the most innovative practices for technology integration, student collaboration, and reading intensification as a means of enhancing educational opportunities for at-risk youth and their families.

Josh McMartin
West Junior High School, Moore

Attend the TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication related handicapped CHildren) training at the University of North Carolina to develop proficiencies in teaching functional academic, vocational, and leisure skills that increase lifelong independence for students with disabilities.

Philip Moll
Odyssey Leadership Academy, Oklahoma City

Explore characteristics of Paris, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Houten, Copenhagen, and San Francisco while simultaneously researching the history of 20th century government sanctioned racial segregation to study in depth Charles Montgomery’s “Happy City” and Richard Rothstein’s “Color of Law” and help students reflect on their membership within their city and use design thinking to create real project proposals for a happier, more equitable, and more ecologically stable world.

Melissa Moseley
West Junior High School, Moore

Attend the TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication related handicapped CHildren) training at the University of North Carolina to develop proficiencies in teaching functional academic, vocational, and leisure skills that increase lifelong independence for students with disabilities.

Norma Neeley
Horace Mann Elementary School, Shawnee

Retrace the expedition of Lewis and Clark via the Columbia and Snake Rivers to authenticate learning about the Pacific Northwest and inspire a student driven community-wide learning event that compares and contrasts regional climate, flora and fauna, uses of natural resources and Native American groups.

Michelle Newberry
Hamilton Elementary School, Tulsa

Participate in the Creativity Workshop in Barcelona to explore techniques to increase creative potential and help students transcend emotional trauma and develop self-esteem and confidence.

Kandie Osburn
Ketchum Elementary School

Research historic sites in Washington DC to instill in students a stronger love for our nation’s history, inspire them with stories of the endurance and fortitude of our Founding Fathers and introduce to the curriculum a History Bowl that incorporates the community as judges.

Chari Paredes
Jenks East Elementary School

Attend The Network of Immersion & CLIL Educators (Content and Language Integrated Learning) Conference in Seville, Spain, to learn strategies for addressing the needs of language learners who are emotionally and behaviorally fragile due to trauma and those with interrupted formal education.

Julie Pattison
Jane Phillips Elementary School

Explore the history and culture of Vienna, Salzburg, and Munich to create trauma informed classrooms that incorporate hands-on learning experiences grounded in the arts for preK-5 students.

Bill Peeper
Cushing High School

Explore the “crossroads of conflict” between Berlin, Krakow, Prague and Budapest to research the extensive unrest and political conflict during the 20th century and inspire students with the resilience and recovery of the people through personal narratives and local histories.

Sophia Quiroz
Jenks East High School

Attend The Network of Immersion & CLIL Educators (Content and Language Integrated Learning) Conference in Seville, Spain, to learn strategies for addressing the needs of language learners who are emotionally and behaviorally fragile due to trauma and those with interrupted formal education.

Erinn Rakes
Jane Phillips Elementary School, Bartlesville

Explore the history and culture of Vienna, Salzburg, and Munich to create trauma informed classrooms that incorporate hands-on learn-ing experiences grounded in the arts for pK-5 students.

Cambry Riedl
Inola High School

Participate in the Broadway Teacher Workshop in New York City to enhance an emerging theatre program and better prepare students for collegiate auditions.

Becky Robinson
Inola High School

Participate in the Broadway Teacher Workshop in New York City to enhance an emerging theatre program and better prepare students for collegiate auditions.

Lynn Susanto
Lincoln Elementary School, Norman

Explore key places along Route 66 to create digital teaching resources about Oklahoma history and how we can share our stories – past and present – as we engage as invested citizens in our state’s future.

Renee Tanner
Tri County Technology Center, Bartlesville

Document Hawaii’s environmentally conscious culture to heighten student awareness of how their actions affect the global community through authentic real-world problem solving experiences that culminate in an Earth Day celebration.

Ann Taylor
Park Road Elementary School, Chandler

Explore across Ireland and Scotland how storytelling bridges the past and present to help students develop an understanding and respect for other cultures, build their reading, writing, and oral presentation skills, and gain exposure to and an appreciation for their own cultural roots and diverse cultures.

Courtney Tice
Inola High School

Participate in the Broadway Teacher Workshop in New York City to enhance an emerging theatre program and better prepare students for collegiate auditions.

Christa Wallace
Hamilton Elementary School, Tulsa

Participate in the Creativity Workshop in Barcelona to explore techniques to increase creative potential and help students transcend emotional trauma and develop self-esteem and confidence.

Denise Wilson
Mannford Middle School

Document US Japanese American relocation sites and related museums in Washington, California, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah to develop materials for learning focused on the lasting effects of America’s impact and role in World War II.

Beth Wilson
Jenks East Intermediate Elementary School

Research outdoor education programs and facilities in Alaska that embed a respect for the local environment to develop hands on learning experiences for special education students with mild to moderate learning disabilities and/or emotional disturbances.

Diane Wood
Lincoln Elementary School, Norman

Investigate the Italian Slow Food movement, the European Union’s plan to end food waste, Italian school cafeteria standards, and organic farming and sustainability practices to implement a food waste prevention plan in the school cafeteria that incorporates service learning and project-based learning experiences

An Oklahoma Odyssey
Nathalie Lee digs for salt crystals during an excavation at the Great Salt Plains. Lee and her partner Janet DeMarco traveled Oklahoma landmarks, cultural centers, and historical sites to make Oklahoma history come alive and to provide depth to their teaching of Oklahoma social studies.
The Creativity Workshop
Diane Clark creates a story out of 10 random objects. Clark gathered tools and strategies for sparking creativity in the classroom to inspire her students.
Australian Conservation
Shanna Eicher handles a bird at the Birds of Prey exhibit at the Australia Zoo. Eicher learned about the dangers of climate change and how it negatively effects native bird species.
Earth & Space
Adam Peterson stands above the Grand Canyon at a stop on his 47-day journey to national parks and NASA centers to examine what makes habitats hospitable.
Wellness in Japan
Mary Trudgeon stands with a Shinto high priest after a ceremony during a Japanese immersion program that explores how mindfulness and meditation can be used to reduce student stress in the classroom and life.
Sneak on the Lot
Mary Henson learns lighting and photography techniques while on-scene at the Hollywood's Sneak On the Lot workshop for teacher. Henson hopes to spark her student's interest in the film industry and other creative careers.
OKC Fellow Orientation
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I would describe this fellowship as a game changing event in my education career. I was stretched during the application process, learning to work alongside a colleague after hours for weeks on end, travel around the world without my family (while being pregnant!) and LEAN-ing into doing hard things. I also learned a lot about what I can physically and mentally handle. All of this happened because of the amazing donors who invested in me! I tell everyone I meet about this experience!

- Chelsea Archie, Owasso Public Schools

For more information about Fund for Teachers – Oklahoma Program, contact Sara Wilson at swilson@ofe.org or call (405) 236-0006, Ext. 12.