Joe Cole and Janelle Wynn, two credential candidates in the Gevirtz School Teacher Education Program, have been selected to be the recipients of the William and Charlene Glikbarg Foundation Fellowships for 2010-11.
The primary mission of the William and Charlene Glikbarg Foundation is to help others, especially those with low income. The Foundation is committed to the belief that our system of government can only survive if people with low income have a realistic hope that they can improve their economic status. One of the foci of the Foundation is education. Fellowship recipients made clear their interest to pursue teaching in a low-income, ethnically diverse community where students may not complete their high school GED and/or are not historically college-bound, and where dedicated teaching can positively affect the future for disadvantaged students.
Joe Cole is a candidate for an elementary education teaching credential. Cole has worked as an AmeriCorps fluency tutor and was a member of the Peace Corps, where he taught English at a university in a very rural, poor province in the far west of the People’s Republic of China. These experiences “solidified my teaching ambitions and gave me a deeper understanding of students with great needs living in environments that foster little hope,” Cole wrote in his application letter. “These experiences also have defined what I aim to do in the future. I plan to continue serving low-income, ethnically diverse communities upon my graduation.”
Janelle Wynn is a candidate for a secondary education teaching credential. At 15 she went to Ghana for a month to volunteer at an orphanage, and then she managed a restaurant for 40 hours a week to put herself thorough state college. “I am not sure where I will end up teaching, but I do know that I am not seeking an easy job, where I can find some sense of security,” Wynn wrote in her application letter. “Some might find this odd. However, I am going into teaching so that I can make an impact on kids who might not receive help anywhere else. It is my goal to work in a rural county where children are not even aware of their chance to attend college, or to work in a city where the world seems to be set against these kids.”
[Joe Cole and Janelle Wynn are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
– end –