With Secretary Duncan’s announcement
of the 2011-2012 Teaching Ambassador Fellows
, many were interviewed about their new roles, including:
Bruce Wellman, who discussed his goals for the upcoming year with the Kansas City Star and Channel 4.
- In the Juneau County Star Times and the UW-Oshkosh Today, Leah Lechleiter-Luke talks about her hopes for her Fellowship tenure and her role as a conduit between the field and the Department of Education.
- The South Dakota Department of Education posted the announcement about Sharla Steever’s new position. She also discussed what it means for her to represent rural America as a Fellow for the Department’s blog section dedicated to Rural Issues.
- In the Albuquerque Journal,
Claire Jellinek talked about why she applied to the Fellowship and how she thinks it will help teachers in New Mexico.
- Gamal Sherif spoke to the Philadelphia Inquirer about the need for teachers to be involved in district- and site-based policy decisions, school budgeting, and the formation of state and local teacher evaluation criteria and the importance of teachers having the time and support to be involved in policy discussions.
- Madonna Ramp was announced as a new Fellow in The Statesman and Texas Association of School Administrators; in Michigan State University’s MLive, Madonna connects the Fellowship program to the value that the Department of Education places on listening and communicating with teachers.
- In the Town Journal, Maryann Woods-Murphy reflects upon how her attributes will help her serve her community, the community of teachers, and the Department in her new role.
- Finally, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards also recognized the TAFs who are nationally certified: Kareen Borders, Geneviéve DeBose, Angela McClary-Rush, Madonna Ramp, Sharla Steever, Bruce Wellman.
- Patrick Ledesma (2010-2011) continued addressing key policy issues in his blog, “Leading from the Classroom” for Ed Week. Recent posts have focused on teacher compensation and the development of future innovators. He also wrote this Op-Ed for the Richmond Times Dispatch, where he discusses the Teaching Ambassador Fellowship and the role of teachers in policy development.
- In August, Steve Owens (2010-2011) served as a guest blogger for Patrick’s “Leading from the Classroom,” and wrote about the role of unions in creating and implementing education policy. He then launched "Education Worker," a blog dedicated to discussion of new teacher unionism.
- Luther Sewell (08-09) is interviewed on CNN about increasing the amount of African American Males who enter the teaching profession (February 2011).
- Antero Garcia writes about the President’s State of the Union in the Huffington Post (January 2011).
- Jon Eckert (08-09) discusses cameras in the classroom in the Washington Post (January 2011).
- Pam Smith and Patrick Ledesma are interviewed by NBPTS as a National Boards Certified Teachers and as Fellows for ED.