WW Teaching Fellowship

A partnership between Duquesne University and the Institute for Citizens & Scholars

Program Info

Duquesne University School of Education, in partnership with the Institute for Citizens & Scholars, seeks to enroll qualified students in the WW Teaching Fellowship. The Institute for Citizens & Scholars' Partner University page provides additional information regarding the Institute's partnership with Duquesne University. Fellows are recognized for their dedication to the betterment of science and mathematics education and commitment to teaching students from underserved communities in under-resourced secondary schools in the Pittsburgh area.

Fellows in this program may choose to focus on mathematics, biology, chemistry, or physics and are enrolled in an accelerated, 13-month Masters of Arts (MAT) in Secondary Education (7-12) program that prepares them to become Leading Teachers in mathematics and science. The program focuses on evidence-based pedagogy and culturally-informed educational practices within urban environments. Student-centered instruction, authentic learning opportunities, and cohort experiences integrate aspects of justice, equity, and differentiated learning throughout the curriculum.
 
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Apprenticeship-Based Cohort Model of Teacher Preparation at Duquesne University

The WW Teaching Fellowship program is an innovative, 13-month, apprenticeship-based program. In addition to the rigorous curriculum, Fellows also receive hands-on classroom experiences and diverse field placements. With Duquesne University's location in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, Fellows have the opportunity to experience classrooms in a variety of settings.

Coursework integrated with residency work during the school year to provide ongoing support for Fellows' developing teacher skills. Working from the model of medical residencies, the program provides a cohort model of graduate education, intensive classroom experiences with a master teacher, and three years of mentoring and professional development in the schools where they teach. Fellows work with the Duquesne School of Education faculty throughout their program.

Upon successful completion of the program, Fellows earn an MAT degree and teacher certification simultaneously. Graduates then make a three-year commitment to teach at an under-resourced school and underserved community in Pittsburgh.

Teaching Residency in Pittsburgh Public Schools

Duquesne University works with Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) to place Fellows in under-resourced schools in urban Pittsburgh communities. All Fellows will be affiliated with PPS for their classroom preparation.

Summer I Semester: Community Field Experience

In addition to three courses during the first semester in the program, fellows will also complete a summer field experience through a University partnership with middle and high school students. Fellows will engage with students before the school year even starts by participating in a Community Problem Solving Workshop.

Fall and Spring Semesters: Secondary Teaching Residency

Fellows will engage in a full-time teaching residency during the fall and spring semesters. The full-time residency supports Fellows in increasingly advanced coursework and student teaching experiences. Placements within PPS are determined based on the content area to be taught and match between fellow and mentor teacher.


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Fellow Handbook 2020-2021 - WW Teaching Fellowship


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Admissions

Become a WW Teaching Fellow here at Duquesne!

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Learn how to apply & become a Fellow

The School of Education has been chosen as a Institute for Citizens & Scholars Fellowship for the WW Teaching Fellowship site through 2021. Duquesne University is the only site in Western Pennsylvania that hosts this opportunity for future educators. The premise of the WW Teaching Fellowship through the Institute for Citizens & Scholars aligns with the mission of Duquesne University, which is "serving God by serving students, who in turn can serve others."

The WW Teaching Fellowship includes:

  • Admission to the MAT Secondary Education (7-12) program at Duquesne University
  • Preparation for teacher certification in science, mathematics, or technology education
  • Extensive preparation for teaching in a under-resourced secondary school and underserved urban or rural community for one full year prior to becoming the teacher-of-record in a science or math classroom
  • A $32,000 financial stipend, with tuition arrangements varying by campus in Pennsylvania. (Once Fellows are certified teachers at the end of the first year, they obtain salaried employment in an under-resourced school and underserved community)
  • Support and mentoring throughout the three-year teaching commitment
  • Support of a cohort of Fellows passionate about science and math education
  • Lifelong membership in a national network of WW Fellows who are intellectual leaders.

Founded in 1945, the Institute for Citizens & Scholars has prepared the nation's best minds to meet its most important challenges, working through education. The Institute supports its Fellows as the next generation of leaders shaping American society.


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Fellows

Meet our Fellows

Learn who they are and what they love!

Cohort 1

Natalia PanigalNatalie Panigall
Resident Fellow

Provident Charter School
7th Grade Science Teacher

"7th grade has been such a fun age to teach. Provident Charter is a school dedicated to serving students with Dyslexia. This new environment has brought incredible learning opportunities and growth to my teaching styles and planning for life science in new ways!"


Bethany GiombettiBethany Giombetti
Resident Fellow

Pittsburgh Milliones University Prep High School
11th & 12th Grade Math Teacher

"Teaching at UPrep these past months has been a great learning experience for me. I've collaborated with students and teachers to try new things online during this time! I hope to continue engaging with students and getting to know them better. My goal for next year is to grow our math club to get more students exposed to math influenced career opportunities."


Alexandra GowAlexandra Gow
Resident Fellow

Dickson Preparatory STEAM Academy
8th Grade - Geometry and Math

"As a student teacher last year I loved being involved within the Woodland Hills community by tutoring students after school, cheering on the Wolverine sports teams to victory, and participating within various school events. I love the close-knit community that the educators here foster everyday. I enjoy how in difficult times my co-workers have been very good at communicating and encouraging me. The children here may be my favorite part of working at Woodland Hills. They invite me to participate in the musical productions, sit with me at our daily lunch-bunch, and reach out for help and support when needed. I'm happy to oblige and am grateful to have had the privilege of getting to know them before becoming a teacher and working at Woodland Hills!"


Jessica CamposJessica Campos
Resident Fellow

Sterrett Classical Academy 
8th Grade Math Teacher

"8th grade is such a transformative year as students get ready to transition to high school. I am so grateful to be a part of the community at Sterrett, Dr. Holly, our principal, has created such an incredible learning environment for our young scholars. Teaching remotely this year has forced me to think outside of the box and reimagine education!"


Madeline WinnMadeline Winn
Resident Fellow

Environmental Charter High School
Biology Teacher - 9th Grade

"Teaching 9th grade biology is such a joy. This year, I've gotten to share my love for the subject with my students and grow as an educator. A highlight has been conducting an at-home DNA extraction with my students during virtual learning."


Denise Tyler Denise Tyler
Resident Fellow

Westinghouse Academy
7th Grade General Science

"I am currently teaching 7th grade which has been fun and challenging. I never expected to be teaching remotely but my kids are great and I look forward to getting back into the school to engage with them face to face."




Andrew RinnAndrew Rinn
Resident Fellow

Westinghouse Academy
7th & 8th Grade Mathematics

"My main focus this year is to build a community of learners remotely using a Cogenerative dialogue. I am also working at incorporating familiar contexts in my teaching. These experiences have been challenging but rewarding as I get to learn and appreciate who my students are and what they value."


Rachel MillironRachel Milliron
Resident Fellow

Pittsburgh Student Achievement Center
High School Science

"While I work through the peaks and valleys of remote learning, I am practicing to be more responsive to the needs of our students, to be flexible, and to pivot away from activities that don't work."


Heather AmperHeather Amper
Resident Fellow

Pittsburgh Morrow PreK-8
7th Grade Mathematics Teacher

"This school year, I've been teaching math remotely to 7th graders. Although it's had its challenges, I love that I am still able to make personal connections and build relationships with my students during a time of isolation. This year has taught me to be more understanding of situations and continue to try to think outside of the box to best serve my students. I am so excited for when I can teach in-person again so I can continue the collaborative learning I strived to achieve during my residency while incorporating some of the online/technology tricks I've picked up this year.."



Cohort 2

Alaina TurocyAlaina Turocy

Brashear Highschool
Biology

"I am interested in growing and nurturing girls' interest in STEM through accessible and inclusive secondary science education."


Amy BarvilchakAmy Barvilchak

Brashear High School
Mathematics 

"My goal as a teacher is to help change how students think about math, what it means to be good at math, and who counts as a mathematician. I am most interested in learning about how teachers can combat inequity, bias, and racial segregation in schools."


Joseph HayesJoseph Hayes

Brashear High School
Chemistry

"I am very passionate about football and look to pursue coaching alongside teaching at the high school level."


Alex BowmanAlex Bowman

Taylor Allderdice High School
Physics

"Interested in the field of medical physics which combines the applications of physics and biochemistry. I have done prior research in biophysics such as studying proteins and cell growth using physics techniques."


Daniel AndryDaniel Andry

Taylor Allderdice High School
Chemistry

"In chemistry, I'm interested in studying protein structure from a biochemical perspective. In education, I'm interested in improving mental health care for students."


Cheyanne PerezCheyeanne Perez

Taylor Allderdice High School
Biology

"I am currently a student teacher at Allderdice High School in a biology classroom.  Within my subject area of biology, I love how applicable it is to everyday life. There is always a way that we can relate what we are teaching in our biology class to real-life situations or examples."


Devin McPeekDevin McPeek

Creative and Performing Arts Magnet school (CAPA)
Biology

Devin is interested in teaching Biology and equity in education.


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Personnel

2020-2021 Steering Committee

Rachel Ayieko

Rachel Ayieko, Ph.D.

Program Director, Institute for Citizens & Scholars - WW Teaching Fellowship
Associate Professor
Department of Instruction & Leadership in Education

G4B Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1164
ayiekor@duq.edu
Curriculum Vitae
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Rachel Ayieko (Ph.D., Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education, Michigan State University, 2014) is an associate professor and the Program Director, Institute for Citizens & Scholars - WW Teaching Fellowship Program Director. She has been teaching mathematics methods and content to PK-12 pre-service teachers since 2009, and has been at Duquesne since 2014. A former high school mathematics teacher (1993-2001), Dr. Ayieko focuses her teacher education classes around "productive struggle" to promote problem-solving. Her research explores the opportunities to learn mathematics, mathematics teacher education, teacher quality, and equitable practices using comparative large scale data analysis and classroom observation schemes.


Shondricka Burrell

Shondricka Burrell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Instruction & Leadership in Education

110F Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.5403
burrells@duq.edu
Curriculum Vitae
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Shondricka Burrell (Ph.D., Science Education, Temple University, 2019) Dr. Shondricka Burrell joined Duquesne University in 2019. As a faculty member of the Department of Instruction & Leadership, Dr. Burrell teaches undergraduate courses in science content and pedagogy as part of the Leading Teacher Program, and graduate courses in secondary science methods as part of the Institute for Citizens & Scholars - WW Teaching Fellowship program.


Liliana Castrellon

Liliana Castrellón, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Director of the UCEA Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

410A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1213
castrellonl@duq.edu
Curriculum Vitae
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Liliana E. Castrellón (Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Utah) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership and the Director of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice (CELSJ) at Duquesne University. Her research lies at the intersections of immigration and education policy. She analyses the ways in which immigration and education policy intersect and affect the educational trajectories of students with immigrant backgrounds, in particular undocumented students. Her work has been has been featured in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Bilingual Research Journal, Information Age Publishing, Routledge, SAGE Encyclopedias, and IGI Global. Dr. Castrellón also is active in national conferences such as the University Council for Educational Administration, Association of the Study of Higher Education, American Educational Research Association, Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, and the Critical Race Studies in Education Administration.


Gretchen Givens Generett

Gretchen Givens Generett, Ph.D.

Interim Dean
Professor
Department Chair of Educational Foundations & Leadership
Noble J. Dick Endowed Chair in Community Outreach

107 Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1890
generettg@duq.edu
Curriculum Vitae
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Gretchen Givens Generett (Ph.D., Foundations of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel). Dr. Gretchen Givens Generett leads the School of Education as the interim dean. Her work supports adult development by creating learning experiences that are generative, that serve disempowered groups, are co-created, and that are built with communities through actions that break down barriers to deeper understandings of group processes.


Amy Olson

Amy Olson, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Teacher Education
Associate Professor
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

405A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.5712
olsona@duq.edu
Curriculum Vitae
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Amy Olson (Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Arizona, 2014) is the Associate Dean for Teacher Education and an associate professor of Educational Psychology and Classroom Assessment in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership at Duquesne University. Her research is primarily focused on the ways in which student, teacher, and principal self-beliefs and beliefs about academic content influence instruction and assessment decisions. Although much of her work has taken place in mathematics classrooms, she is also interested in issues of equity more broadly. Her teaching focuses on supporting future teachers to create engaging learning environments in which learning is made visible to both students and teachers.


Ara Schmitt

Ara Schmitt, Ph.D.

Professor
Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

G3B Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1057
schmitta2106@duq.edu
Curriculum Vitae
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Ara Schmitt (Ph.D., School Psychology Illinois State University, 2001) completed his doctoral internship and post-doctoral residency at Phoenix Children's Hospital, and then worked for several years as a school psychologist within Tempe (AZ) Union High School District. Dr. Schmitt's research interests include the neuropsychological assessment/intervention of learning problems and pediatric chronic illnesses, cognitive styles associated with childhood bullying, and professional issues in school psychology.



Graduate Assistants

Braeyln Tracy

Braeyln Tracy

Graduate Assistant
Institute for Citizens & Scholars - WW Teaching Fellowship

tracyb1@duq.edu

Braelyn Tracy is a Graduate Assistant for the Institute for Citizens & Scholars - WW Teaching Fellowship program. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in School Psychology. Her research interests include childhood chronic illnesses, neuropsychological assessments and interventions, traumatic brain injuries, and autism. She is working toward obtaining a pre-doctoral internship for the upcoming semester.


Anuradha Wadekar

 

Anuradha Wadekar

Graduate Assistant
Institute for Citizens & Scholars - WW Teaching Fellowship

wadekara@duq.edu

Anuradha Wadekar is a Graduate Assistant for the the Institute of Citizens & Scholars - WW Teaching Fellowship program. She is currently pursuing her Psy.D. in School Psychology. Her goals are to improve knowledge of child mental, emotional & cognitive health. Her ambition is to assess and promote school performance in students with chronic illness. Anu enjoys watching Bollywood movies, going to concerts, and spending quality time with her husband and Goldendoodle.



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