From a very young age, Kendall Brown knew she was destined to teach, even playing school with her sisters when they were kids.
“I feel like I’ve really been called to teach,” said the May 2016 graduate. “When I’m sharing what I know with others, I’m giving them a gift that that no one can take away from them and that’s education.”
The mathematics major fell in love with the subject in high school, so much so she knew a high school math classroom is where she wanted to spend her career.
“I’ve always loved the challenges math brings and the fact that you can use different ways to solve complex problems,” said Brown.
For her work as an undergraduate and dedication to teaching others, Brown was recently accepted into the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship STEM Teaching program. The fellowship includes admission to a master's degree program at a well-established partner university, teacher certification in science, mathematics or technology education, extensive preparation for teaching in a high-needs school for one full year before becoming the teacher and a $30,000 stipend.
“I heard about this opportunity and was encouraged to apply,” she said. “I never thought I’d be one of the 60 chosen to participate in the state.”
The process included an interview, meeting with board members, teaching a mock lesson, answering policy questions and more—all of which Brown shined in. A trend she continued from her experience at Georgia College.
“Kendall was a dedicated student. In addition to her classes, she was a teaching assistant and a tutor in the Learning Center, she was an officer in the math club, and she showed great interest in the research of mathematics education,” said Dr. Doris Santarone, assistant professor of mathematics. “Even though she is not a teacher yet, Kendall already exemplifies the traits of a good teacher. In the few times that I saw her teach, Kendall showed great professionalism and composure. She used innovative teaching techniques to help with student retention, and she had an excellent knowledge of the content that she was teaching. I know she will be a great teacher someday.”
For Brown, Georgia College prepared her well for her next challenge thanks to the dedication of the faculty in the math department.
"I came in my freshman year with the hopes to pursue a mathematics degree and never changed. I never felt alone because I had so much help and support from the professors,” said Brown.
She’s already started her master’s program at Georgia State, and beginning this fall will be co-teaching at Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood. After she completes the one-year program as part of the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship, she will work in a high-needs school, teaching math at the high school level.
For more information on the Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellowship, visit http://woodrow.org/fellowships/ww-teaching-fellowships/georgia/.