National Science Foundation TEACH! SouthCoast Celebration Recognizes Teacher Leadership

22 Teaching Fellows, Master Teaching Fellows Honored for Commitment to STEM, Leadership, & Innovative Five Year Program

UMass Dartmouth's Center for University, School and Community Partnerships (CUSP) hosted a National Science Foundation (NSF) Dinner Celebration, yesterday evening at UMass Dartmouth's Woodland Commons to recognize 13 Master Teaching Fellows for completing a rigorous, innovative teacher leadership program and 9 Teaching Fellows for earning their Master's Degree and being endorsed for initial licensure by Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). 

22 teachers from New Bedford, Fall River, and Wareham public schools, Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School and Global Learning Charter Public School were chosen through a highly competitive application process based on their STEM content knowledge, evidence of leadership capacity, and willingness to commit to an innovative rigorous five year program.

The Teaching Fellow or Master Teaching Fellow cohort was funded by a $2.86 million grant from the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program awarded to CUSP in Fall 2011. CUSP partnered with UMass Dartmouth's Kaput Center, School for Marine Science and Technology, Department of STEM Education and Teacher Development, Math Department, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, School of Engineering, and College of Visual & Performing Arts to establish the teacher leadership program which is funded through the summer of 2017. 

The Principal Investigator for the TEACH! SouthCoast grant is CUSP Executive Director Karen O'Connor. The Co-Principal Investigator is UMass Dartmouth Associate Provost Dr. Tesfay Meressi. The TEACH! SouthCoast Director is CUSP Associate Director Dr. Patricia Trina Crowley and the TEACH! SouthCoast Program Coordinator is Kym Welty of CUSP. 

Honorees Include: 

Teaching Fellows: 
Lauren Aubertine 
Hometown/Residence: Dartmouth, MA, Fairhaven, MA 
Math Teacher at Normandin Middle School (New Bedford, MA) 
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Teaching Fellow 
Master's Degree and DESE Initial License in Middle School Math 

Christopher Blake 
Hometown/Residence: Westborough, MA, New Bedford, MA 
Biology Teacher at Whaling City High School (New Bedford, MA) 
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Teaching Fellow 
Master's Degree and DESE Initial License in Biology 

Michael Bobola 
Hometown/Residence: Fairhaven, MA 
Math Teacher at Roosevelt Middle School (New Bedford, MA) 
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Teaching Fellow 
Master's Degree and DESE Initial License in Middle School Math 

Mahlon Davis 
Hometown/Residence: Stoneham, MA, Westport, MA 
Chemistry Teacher At Durfee High School-New Bedford Public Schools 
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Teaching Fellow 
Master's Degree and DESE Initial License in Chemistry 

Nealyn Dunlop 
Hometown/Residence: Marion, MA 
Science Teacher at Roosevelt Middle School (New Bedford, MA) 
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Teaching Fellow 
Master's Degree and DESE  Initial License in Middle School General Science 

Brooke Fatula 
Hometown/Residence: Acushnet, MA 
Biology Teacher at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School 
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Teaching Fellow 
Master's Degree and DESE Initial License in Biology 

Daniela Fidalgo 
Hometown/Residence: Fairhaven, MA 
Math Teacher at Normandin Middle School (New Bedford, MA 
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Teaching Fellow 
Master's Degree and DESE Initial License in Middle School Math 

Liss O'Connell 
Hometown/Residence: Fall River, MA 
Biology Teacher at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School (Fall River, MA) 
Master's Degree and DESE Initial License in Biology 

Stephen Prario 
Hometown/Residence: Somerset, MA 
Science Teacher at Morton Middle School (Fall River, MA) 
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Teaching Fellow 
Earned Master's Degree and DESE Initial License in Middle School General Science 


Master Teaching Fellow Professional Participants: 

Scott Atkinson 
Hometown/Residence: East Freetown, MA 
Biology Teacher at Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School 
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow 
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate 

Pamela Baptiste 
Hometown/Residence: North Dartmouth, MA 
Biology Teacher at Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School 
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow 
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate 

Sean Brown 
Hometown/Residence: Plymouth, MA 
Biology Teacher-Wareham High School 
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow 
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate 

Michelle Campos 
Hometown/Residence: Portsmouth, RI 
Math Teacher at Normandin Middle School (New Bedford, MA) 
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow 
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate 

Sarah Chapin 
Hometown/Residence: Providence, RI, Cambridge, MA 
Science Teacher at Matthew J. Kuss Middle School (Fall River, MA) 
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow 
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate 

Diana Cost 
Hometown/Residence: Carver, MA 
Biology Teacher at Global Learning Charter Public School (New Bedford, MA) 
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow 
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate 

Carl Junier 
Hometown/Residence: New Bedford, MA, Acushnet, MA 
Math Teacher at Wareham Middle School 
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow 
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate 

Bonnie Lasorsa 
Hometown/Residence: Forestdale, MA 
Math Teacher at Wareham Middle School 
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow 
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate 

Aimee O'Neil 
Hometown/Residence: South Dartmouth, MA 
Biology Teacher at Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School 
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow 
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate 

Patricia Riley 
Hometown/Residence: Fairhaven, MA 
Math Teacher at Normandin Middle School (New Bedford, MA) 
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow 
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate 

Jennifer Saunders 
Hometown/Residence: Fall River, MA 
Science Teacher and Department Chair at Morton Middle School (Fall River, MA) 
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow 
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate 

Sandra Sullivan 
Hometown/Residence: Somerset, MA, Fall River, MA 
Science Teacher at Matthew J. Kuss Middle School (Fall River, MA) 
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow 
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate 

Stephen Vaitses 
Hometown/Residence:  Mattapoisett, MA 
Chemistry Teacher at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School (Fall River, MA) 
National Science Foundation Teach! Southcoast Master Teaching Fellow 
Teacher Leadership Program Graduate 


TEACH! SouthCoast continues to provide participants with courses, seminars, workshops, and professional offerings to improve teachers' content knowledge, knowledge and use of technology and teacher leadership skills.



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