Two Seniors Receive Teaching Fellowships

Gabriela Hernandez Spring 2011

Gabriela Hernandez

Oscar Moreno Spring 2011

Oscar Moreno

Gabriela Hernandez ’11 and Oscar Moreno ’11 were among 25 students selected nationally to receive Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color.

Hernandez, who is an art history major completing a concentration in Africana studies, has taught Spanish at Breakthrough Collaborative, a national nonprofit that recruits high school and college students to teach middle schoolers. The San Francisco native also spent time working in the nonprofit’s national development office. She plans to teach social studies in secondary schools.

Moreno, who is from Huntington Park, Calif., is an American studies major, completing concentrations in Africana and Latino studies. He’s worked with elementary school students in Williamstown and hopes to teach social sciences.

“Both Oscar and Gaby have shown an unusual commitment to public education and are already quite experienced in the classroom,” says Molly Magavern, the College’s director of special academic programs.

Hernandez and Moreno each will receive a $30,000 stipend to complete a master’s in education, as well as preparation to teach in a high-need public school, support throughout a threeyear teaching commitment and guidance toward their own teaching certifications.

The fellowship program was established in 1992 to help recruit, support and retain individuals of color as public education teachers and administrators. Since its inception, the program has awarded nearly $8 million in grants and financial assistance to 375 fellows.