Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellow
Columbus State University
Educator's Impact will STEM from Fellowship
Educator Katelyn Clements (BSA – Agribusiness, ’14) is one of just 60 individuals set to become one of this year’s Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellows, an award that will enable her to bring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to Georgia secondary schools in need.
The award is granted to individuals with backgrounds in STEM fields, and each Fellow receives funds to complete a specially designed master’s degree program based on a yearlong classroom experience, according to information from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The degree program is offered at five Georgia postsecondary institutions: Columbus State, Georgia State, Kennesaw State and Mercer universities and Piedmont College. Following the program, Fellows commit to teach for three years at an urban or rural Georgia school in need of STEM teachers.
Clements, a Vienna, Georgia, native, is enrolled in an accelerated master’s degree program at Columbus State and will be teaching full time in fall 2017. She will fulfill her commitment as a Fellow and teach math for three years, then she plans to add to her math teaching certification by becoming certified to teach agriculture, as well.
Clements credits the University of Georgia campus in Tifton for equipping her with education and knowledge that she will soon be able to share with students of her own. In fact, she was able to qualify for the fellowship’s math portion because she earned the necessary credit hours in the subject through her agribusiness degree requirements. She knows her UGA education will positively influence her ability to link math to real-world agricultural applications in the minds of her students.
“Probably the greatest thing I tell my peers and other people who are coming back to school or just starting is that I was taught by the researchers,” Clements said. “You’re taught by people who may not have necessarily gone to school for education, but they have the practical knowledge and the ability to teach it … I learned immense amounts of information.”
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal recognized Clements and the other 59 fellowship recipients in a June 1 ceremony at the Georgia Capitol.