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Ten School District Five students have been named SC Teaching Fellows

Irmo, SC – Ten Lexington-Richland School District Five students have been awarded the prestigious South Carolina Teaching Fellowship.

The ten students who were selected will receive up to $24,000 in fellowship funds from this program (up to $6000 a year for four years) while they complete a degree leading to initial teacher certification.

The students include: Logan Hines (Chapin High School), Abigail Lawson (Chapin High School), Kaylee Schodowski (Dutch Fork High School), Nya Gerald (Dutch Fork High School), Spencer Brown (Dutch Fork High School), Emma Bassett (Irmo High School), Rebecca Gaura (Spring Hill High School), Serenity Klauk (Spring Hill High School), Emma Miller (Spring Hill High School), and Mackenzie Raynor (Spring Hill High School).

“It is with a great sense of pride that I mention these ten students that were accepted into the Teaching Fellows program,” said School District Five Chief Instructional Officer Michael Guliano. “These students successfully completed a teacher preparation program in our high schools and now have the chance to continue their learning in college. Our goal is for these students to return to teach in School District Five upon their college graduation.”

The state’s Teaching Fellows Program, operated by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA), was established in 1999 by the S.C. General Assembly. The mission of the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is to recruit talented high school seniors into the teaching profession and help them develop leadership qualities. A Fellow agrees to teach in a South Carolina public school one year, for every year he/she receives the Fellowship.

Applicants for the program undergo a rigorous selection process that includes an online application, an interview and presentation in front of a team of three educators, and a scored response.

The 2021-22 Teaching Fellows application will be available to high school seniors in South Carolina online on September 1, 2020.

For more information about the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program, visit

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