WMU graduate awarded Math for America-D.C. Fellowship

contact: Deanne Puca
| WMU News
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KALAMAZOO—A recent Western Michigan University graduate has received a prestigious national fellowship to teach mathematics in Washington, D.C., public secondary schools for four years.

Amanda Shuman of Montrose, Mich., was awarded a Math for America-D.C. Fellowship, which provides:

  • a scholarship covering full tuition and fees for a Masters in Teaching degree in secondary education, mathematics at American University;
  • a living stipend during the training year and extensive student teaching experience;
  • annual stipends during the next four years in addition to a full-time teacher’s salary in Washington, D.C.; and
  • mentoring, job search support and ongoing interactive professional development.

Based at the Carnegie Institution for Science, the program was launched in 2008, by President Emerita Maxine Singer, with the goal to ensure excellence in mathematics teaching in Washington, D.C., public and public charter secondary schools by recruiting, training and retaining talented mathematics teachers during a five-year period.

Amanda Shuman

Shuman graduated in April with a master's degree in mathematics, was a teaching assistant for two years at WMU and a member of Pi Mu Epsilon national mathematics honorary society. She received her bachelor's degree from Aquinas College in 2009 in mathematics, management information systems and chemistry and received more than 20 undergraduate scholarships.

She plans to complete her master's degree in teaching in secondary mathematics during the summer of 2014 with the goal of eventually completing her doctoral degree in teaching or mathematics and becoming a high school teacher.

For more information, visit mathforamerica.org/dc.