Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
2009 Alumni Classroom Fellow
Bio/Overview: Alonge is a professional educator, a social entrepreneur and a researcher. He teaches Agriscience, Comprehensive Science and IB Technology in Homestead Middle School, a Title 1 school in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Florida where he has taught since 1993. His journey into the education profession began in 1979 on the African continent where he earned completed his undergraduate education at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. In addition to his passion for the teaching profession, Alonge is an expert in technology and social change, with particular emphasis on the role of technology in achieving food security in sub-Saharan Africa. He is a regular civil society delegate to the World Bank/IMF Annual meetings where he has focused on developing institutional capacity for sustainable global development.Educational Values/Philosophy: Every child can learn. Nurturing every child to maximize his/her potential is the key to our competitiveness in the technology and knowledge intensive global economy. Unlocking the talents of his students and empowering them to achieve their maximum potential is what has kept Alonge in the education profession for almost three decades.
Achievements: Alonge’s professional accomplishments include being selected as a recipient of the USDA de La Garza fellowship for Hispanic-Serving Institutions in 2009, the Japanese Fulbright Memorial Fellowship in 2005 and 2007, achieving National Board of Professional Teaching Certification (NBCT) in 2005, and being named a finalist in the MDCPS Region 6 Teacher of the year 2005. Alonge was also selected as a finalist for the Albert Einstein Distinguished STEM educator fellowship (2012). He was a member of the Teacher Advisory Committee to the Florida Secretary of Education and has served as test writer for the Florida Teacher Certification Test. He was featured as a classroom hero in the Huffington Post in 2010 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/21/classroom-heroes-agricult_n_772173.html) He has authored over 30 peer-reviewed professional conference and journal articles. He served for five years as member of the editorial board for the Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education (JIAEE). Alonge was awarded the Rockefeller Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in 1990 to analyze farmers’ adoption of improved technologies at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Nigeria.
Leadership Experience: Alone has extensive experience and expertise in technology integration in education. He has conducted training sessions for teachers in Trinidad and carried conducted research and published on the subject matter of technology integration in into K-12 curriculum in Trinidad, Japan, and the United States. Alonge is also the founder and volunteer executive director of ADPED, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization which recently won a US State Department Professional Exchange Grant to promote collaborative approach to youth entrepreneurship development in sub-Saharan Africa and the United States.
Affiliations: Association for International & Extension Education (AIAEE) Florida Association of Agricultural Educators (FAAE).Education: Alonge earned a first class honor Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude) in agricultural education from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Alonge earned his M.S. (1990) and Ph. D. (1993) from the Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, majoring in Agricultural & Extension Education with an interdisciplinary international development minor in Technology & Social Change.
Areas of Interest/Expertise:
- Teacher Quality
- Turning around Low performing urban schools.
- Technology & Social Change in education and international development
- Bridging achievement gap in STEM education