Meet the 2015 WW Georgia Teaching Fellows
Shadeed Abdul-Salaam | Palmetto, GA | Will attend: Kennesaw State University
• Undergraduate college, class, and major: Morehouse College, 2000, biology/chemistry
• Graduate institution and degree: Emory University, 2008, M.P.H., environmental and occupational health
Public health research chemist, CDC; research and development specialist, green technologies firm; alumni association president; college instructor.
Tutor, multiple subjects; nanny; president’s list student; elementary school volunteer; vice president, women in math organization.
STEM mentor; graduate assistant and tutor, mathematics lab; physics instructor; student athlete, softball; recipient, multiple academic scholarships; member, multiple on-campus honor societies; dean’s list student.
Teaching assistant and instructor; SAT and ACT math and science preparation coach; driver’s ed and e-
learning paraprofessional; substitute teacher; engineering aide, U.S. EPA; philanthropist
Carlin Chandler ǀ Arnoldsville, GA ǀ Will attend: Piedmont College
• Undergraduate college, class, and major: University of Vermont, 2001, ecology
• Graduate institution and degree: University of Massachusetts, 2006, M.S., ecology
Field biologist, research on populations of species of concern in forestry and agricultural systems; mentor, Big Brothers/Sisters; substitute teacher, Franklin County, Massachusetts; English teacher, adult Spanish speakers, Cedral, Costa Rica; visa volunteer, AmeriCorps; community volunteer; mother.
Substitute teacher; tutor, math and English; youth group leader; afterschool program volunteer; undergraduate researcher, cyanobacteria; university club tennis player.
Mathematics teacher; tumbling instructor; undergraduate researcher, psychology; physics team member for the first student-built satellite in Alabama; K–12 math tutor, local community center; community volunteer.
Cassy Smith Davison ǀ Atlanta, GA ǀ Will attend: Kennesaw State University
• Undergraduate college, class, and major: Norfolk State University, 2007, physics
• Graduate institution and degree: Georgia State University, 2011, M.A., physics; 2015, Ph.D., astronomy
Teaching assistant, astronomy; mathematics tutor; peer mentor and tutor, Science and Technology Center; Ph.D. researcher, stars and exoplanets; graduate research assistant, low-mass stars; research intern; scholarship and award recipient; Science Olympiad volunteer; telescope operator, Hard Labor Creek Observatory.
Chinese teacher; teacher of the year; volunteer middle school electives teacher, Chinese; multiple scholarship and award recipient; member and volunteer, Kennesaw Women in Mathematics.
Leslie Dunham ǀ Atlanta, GA ǀ Will attend: Piedmont College
• Undergraduate college, class, and major: Berry College, 2006, psychology
• Graduate institution and degree: Georgia State University, 2015, Ph.D., neuroscience
Graduate researcher, neuroendocrinology and behavior; anatomy and physiology laboratory instructor; high school mentor; laboratory research mentor for undergraduates; K–12 STEM classroom volunteer; published researcher; Ph.D. fellow; fitness instructor.
Architectural design and math tutor; CAD operator and manager; substitute teacher; community volunteer; fluent French, Spanish, and English speaker.
Undergraduate lab assistant, intro to marine environment; mentor, middle school; biology tutor; summer camp counselor; volunteer, local children’s shelter; guest science instructor, local schools and festivals; student athlete; soccer coach.
Physics I lab assistant and tutor; undergraduate researcher, X-ray fluorescence; volunteer wrestling community coach; recipient of multiple physics honors and awards.
Brandon Hewitt ǀ Atlanta, GA ǀ Will attend: Columbus State University
• Undergraduate college, class, and major: University of California, Berkeley, 1978, civil engineering
• Graduate institution, class, and major: Howard University,1980, M.S., civil engineering; City
University, Seattle, 1986, M.B.A., business
Math teacher and tutor; college engineering and engineering mechanics instructor; vice president and principal, engineering and architectural firm; multiple leadership awards recipient.
Biology teaching assistant; former chemistry tutor; associate scientist and beverage developer; peer counselor and teacher, local clinic; Sunday school and Bible school teacher; youth group leader; elementary school science club leader.
Technical support intern, electronic monitoring company; intern, non-profit organization for homelessness; library student assistant; fellow, Duke Chapel Pathways; substitute teacher, religious day school; resident assistant; member, university choir and ensemble; assistant, children’s choir.
Tutor, college level algebra, physics, and chemistry; undergraduate research assistant, physics; peer leader, chemistry; founder, student organization for sustainable energy; recipient, multiple academic scholarships and research grants.
Docent, BODIES Exhibit; minister, teaching and community outreach; youth volunteer, religious group; member, community service outreach organization; social coordinator, campus choir; campus leader, undergraduate religious organization.
Tutor, sciences; student instructor, anatomy; biology teacher; laboratory analyst, working with ingredient and nutrition statements; laboratory assistant, water microbiology lab; laboratory intern, working with DNA and RNA; oral surgery technician.
Teaching intern, high school biology classes; Noyce scholar; teaching assistant, Kenyan primary school; presenter, Texas Council of Family Relations and Robert Noyce Teacher Program Conference; secretary, Phi Delta Tau; tutor, high school, English language learning; recipient, multiple academic scholarships; participant, medical mission trip, El Salvador.
Student worker and fellow, mathematics department; undergraduate researcher; teaching intern, high school level; counselor, UNA STEM camp; honors program student; math tutor; secretary, undergraduate research team and UNA robotics team; treasurer, honors student organization and Kappa Delta Pi honor society; recipient, multiple academic scholarships.
Environmental chemist; undergraduate research assistant, educational chemistry; emergency medical technician; undergraduate research scholar; member, chemistry honors society; published research; founding member, undergraduate research club.
CRLA level one certified tutor, math and science; undergraduate student researcher, cryptography and distributed computing; recipient, multiple academic scholarships; systems designer, international energy technology firm; recipient, State of Wyoming Excellence Award; Eagle Scout.
Eunice Opoku-Boateng ǀ Atlanta, GA ǀ Will attend: Piedmont College
• Undergraduate college, class, and major: University of Ghana, 2006, zoology
• Graduate institution and degree: Georgia College and State University, 2010, M.S., biology
Biodiversity graduate teaching assistant; graduate researcher, coleopteran entomology; afterschool program tutor, Youth Enrichment Services; research associate; hospital volunteer; volunteer science fair judge, Baldwin Schools; scholarship and award recipient.
Undergraduate researcher and presenter, crayfish population genetics; county school volunteer; supplemental instruction leader, biology and genetics; tutor, chemistry and biology; recipient, multiple academic scholarships; Dean’s list student; member, multiple honors societies.
Senior program coordinator, education and youth services, middle school after school programs; tutor, local African refugees and university’s Upward Bound Program; member, local AmeriCorps program; volunteer, hospice and children’s hospital; president, women’s basketball club; member, biological sciences fraternity.
Middle and high school math and science educator; mock trial coach; tutor, math and SAT preparation; recipient, multiple awards for outstanding work as an educator.
Undergraduate researcher, astrophysical chemistry; assistant lab technician, division of animal resources; supplemental instructor, chemistry department; writing tutor; chemistry teaching assistant, college preparatory academy; high school special education chemistry teacher; competitive gymnast; Relay for Life co-leader, animal resources team.
Shelby Schuller ǀ Sharon, PA ǀ Will attend: Piedmont College
• Undergraduate college, class, and major: Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014, applied mathematics and applied languages & intercultural studies
Teaching assistant, calculus and linear algebra, Spanish immersion program in Mexico City; high school and middle school color guard instructor; volunteer ESL instructor for Spanish-speaking mothers; National Merit Scholar; fluent Spanish speaker; community choir singer.
Michael Seymour ǀ Athens, GA ǀ Will attend: Kennesaw State University
• Undergraduate college, class, and major: Georgia Gwinnett College, 2011, biology
• Graduate institution and degree: University of Georgia, 2014, microbiology
Teaching assistant/instructor; biology tutor; chemistry tutor; undergraduate researcher, epigenetics; graduate researcher, histone H1; US Air Force veteran; former police officer.
US Navy nuclear reactor operator-electronics technician; ; intern lab instructor, electronics technician school; project engineer, packaging film manufacturing company; recipient of numerous professional and academic awards for achievements.
Crispin Stromberg ǀ Cumming, GA ǀ Will attend: Piedmont College
• Undergraduate college, class, and major: University of North Georgia, 2010, mathematics
• Graduate institution and degree: Kennesaw State University, 2012, M.S., applied statistics
Mathematics instructor, technical college; math instructor, homeschool enrichment center; math tutor, university and high school; community volunteer; multiple academic scholarship recipient
Supplemental instructor, calculus; math tutor, college algebra; associate analyst, university research institute; undergraduate researcher, analysis research; published author, technical reports; resident assistant, Upward Bound; recipient of multiple scholarships; McNair Scholar; volunteer, senior care housing.
Community advisory board member and peer leader, voicing concerns of the minority youth of the metropolitan area; crew scheduler, Georgia-based airline; member, multiple honor societies; certified personal trainer and sports nutrition consultant; health and wellness presenter and workshop facilitator.
Heather Wegenhart ǀ Acworth, GA ǀ Will attend: Kennesaw State University
• Undergraduate college, class, and major: University of Georgia, 2003, biological sciences
• Graduate institution and degree: The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2007, D.V.M., doctorate in veterinary medicine
Small animal veterinarian; research extern and published researcher, murine noroviruses; mentor, new doctors; veterinarian presenter, Girl Scout troops and high school seniors.
Research assistant; chemistry lab and stock room assistant; community volunteer; local science fair judge; elementary school demonstrator and volunteer.