PLNU Alumna Awarded Math for America San Diego Noyce Fellowship
PLNU graduate Leslee Howe (10) has been selected as a 2011 Math for America San Diego Noyce Fellow, according to Barbara Edwards, executive director of Math for America San Diego (MfA SD). Howe graduated with a B.S. degree in mathematics from PLNU. Now in its fourth year, MfA SD is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving mathematics education in San Diego County public secondary schools by providing financial and professional support to exemplary mathematics teachers.
“Leslee was chosen from a large and competitive applicant pool,” Edwards said. “We’re pleased she will be a part of a new corps of highly skilled math teachers committed to teaching in high need high schools in our region.” MfA SD is welcoming six fellows to the program this year.
Supported through a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the five-year MfA SD Noyce Fellowship provides financial and professional support to promising mathematics teachers. MfA SD Fellows receive a full tuition scholarship for credential coursework at a partner university, a $15,000 annual stipend each year, individualized support from a mentor teacher and extensive professional development opportunities.
“Good math teachers are able to connect mathematics to real life, are patient and develop a strong rapport with their students,” Howe said. “I am proud to be a Math for America San Diego fellow and excited to become a teacher.”
Howe is currently pursuing her teaching credential at California State University, San Marcos. Upon completion, Howe will receive placement assistance from one of MfA SD partner school districts and begin her mathematics teaching career in a local area high need high school.