Alumna Receives Prestigious Teaching Fellowship

November 18, 2009

Hartwick College alumna Kelly Bryan Melendez Loaiza ’04 has been chosen to receive the prestigious Knowles Science Teaching Foundation fellowship. She is one of just 35 future teachers nationwide who will receive up to $150,000 in professional-development support over the next five years.

Melendez Loaiza graduated from Hartwick with a degree in Geology and Spanish. In the summer of 2003, she traveled to Costa Rica to teach on an indigenous reserve. She later received her master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of New Hampshire. Today, she teaches in an urban district, where she enjoys the cultural diversity of the classroom.

“I believe teachers can learn from students’ unique perspectives,” she said, “and I believe there are still many lessons my students can teach me.”

The fellowship provides early-career teachers with financial and development support during the first five years of their careers. Melendez Loaiza will be provided with up to $150,000 toward professional- development opportunities, mentorship, and tuition assistance.

The goal of the program is to retain new teachers and help them become leaders in their fields, focusing on educators in science and mathematics. Students interested in applying for a 2010 Knowles Science Teaching Foundation fellowship can find out more at the foundation’s Web site.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,480 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum merges traditional liberal arts study, personalized teaching, and experiential learning approaches to emphasize Connecting the Classroom to the World. Add to that a wide range of off-campus internships, collaborative research, study-abroad opportunities, and a unique January Term, and Hartwick prepares students for the world ahead. Strong financial aid and scholarship programs keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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