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Ten School District Five students named SC Teaching Fellows

Irmo, SC (06/06/2021) - 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 while they complete a degree leading to initial teacher certification.

The students include: Kathryn Bishop (Spring Hill High, Lander University), Corey Corley (Chapin High, University of South Carolina), Alexis Farell (Chapin High, University of South Carolina), McKenzie Lott (Chapin High, University of South Carolina - Aiken), Caroline Mack (Spring Hill High, Clemson University), Ramsey Brynn McIntyre (Dutch Fork High, University of South Carolina), Tianna Mukendi (Spring Hill High, Winthrop University), Emily Grace Ottone (Dutch Fork High, University of South Carolina), McKenzie Ann Smith (Dutch Fork High, University of South Carolina) and Sarah Stoudemire (Chapin High, Clemson University).

Teaching Fellows participate in advanced enrichment programs at Teaching Fellows Institutions, have additional professional development opportunities, and are involved with communities and businesses throughout the state.

“Our students here in School District Five continue to amaze and I am so proud of these students that were accepted into the Teaching Fellows program,” said School District Five Chief Instructional Officer Michael Guliano. “Each of these students were successful in completing a teacher preparation program in one of our high schools and will now continue their learning in college. I hope to see each of these students teaching in a School District Five classroom in the near future!”

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 application emphasizes academic accomplishment, school/community service and/or work experience, and leadership skills.

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


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