The Celebration of Fellows honors the two most recent Fellows to complete their inaugural year in the classroom at a reception at the African American Heritage Center.
African American Teaching Fellows will host a Celebration of Fellows on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the African American Heritage Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Since its founding in 2004, the organization has recruited, supported and mentored 35 African American teachers through the licensure process as well as the challenges of their first years of teaching. “Locally, only one in ten teachers is black where children of color represent approximately 35% of the student population. We’re working toward the day when the teaching population matches the communities in which they teach. By supporting new African American teachers through Fellowships we increase the likelihood of their success and continuation of their teaching careers,” says Dr. Tamara Wilkerson Dias, AATF Executive Director.
The Celebration of Fellows will honor two Fellows who are completing their first years teaching, Camara Glover a first grade teacher at Woodbrook and Jamir Kai a Monticello High School Spanish teacher. “AATF Fellows are among our most talented and effective teachers,” says Buford Middle School Principal, Eric Johnson. “In fact, AATF Fellows have been among Golden Apple recipients every year since 2013.”
African American Teaching Fellows is a 501(c)(3) organization that recruits teaching candidates from throughout the Commonwealth. Fellows receive up to a $5,000 scholarship per year in addition to professional development and mentoring for each year they agree to teach in either the Charlottesville City or Albemarle County school divisions, up to a maximum of three years.