Franklin & Marshall alumnae Erin Caplan ’16 was among two dozen students recently named by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation to the inaugural class of Pennsylvania Teaching Fellows.
Caplan, a Pittsburgh native who majored in public health at F&M, is among the state’s first cohort in the teaching fellowship program. The 24 scholars already have started their programs at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and Duquesne University.
The highly competitive program recruits recent graduates and career changers with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and mathematics—the STEM fields—and prepares them specifically to teach in high-need secondary schools.
The teaching fellowship prepares top-quality educators for many of the state’s most underserved public schools. Each Fellow receives $32,000 to complete a specially designed, cutting-edge master’s degree program based on a yearlong classroom experience. In return, Fellows commit to teach for three years in Pennsylvania schools of high need. Throughout their commitment, Fellows receive ongoing support and mentoring.