Kettering graduates Michael Ploof ’08 and Sarah Patterson ’10 are bringing their unique background and experiences to inner city classrooms after being named W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellows this summer.
The fellowship will simultaneously place Ploof and Patterson in an intensive master’s program at Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University respectively and in classrooms in low-achieving schools in Ypsilanti and Detroit.
The goals of the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships are to attract the very best candidates to teaching, put strong teachers into high-need schools, cut teacher attrition and retain top teachers, and transform university-based teacher education. The Fellowships recruit teachers with strong backgrounds in the STEM fields and ask fellows to commit to teaching in low income, high need schools in Michigan for three years.