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STF Alumni Profiles

 

More than a summer teaching opportunity, STF prepares Fellows for full-time teaching positions with Uncommon after graduation. Program alumni have gone on to become lead teachers, instructional leaders, Deans of Students, STF Mentors, Summer Academy Directors, and much more. Alumni have established strong bonds with one another and continue to build relationships and community long after their time in the program ends. 

Uncommon also offers a Campus Ambassadors program that allows new STF alumni to expand their impact. Alumni completing their undergraduate careers receive stipends to share their experience in the program on their campuses with perspective candidates and help to recruit the next cohort of Summer Teaching Fellows.  

Hear testimonials from our Alumni and Mentor Teachers:


“STF was truly the highlight of my college career! During the 7 weeks that I was in this program, I created a lifelong bond with the work associated with being an educator. 5 years later, STF has continued to open doors for me and create a wide array of networks for me within Uncommon Schools. This internship exemplifies the work of creating social activist for the classroom.” 
Quinterrence Bell
STF 2010 Alumnus
Now an Uncommon Instructional Fellow


“As a rising senior in college, interested in transformative education but oblivious to the extensive practical opportunities, I looked to the STF program for answers – and I got them! The weekly programing supported my hunger for the theoretical and intellectual part of teaching, meanwhile the professional development sessions challenged my practice and refined my skills. The Uncommon students I had the privilege to teach that summer truly influenced my decision to join like-minded individuals in the pursuit of our college mission to change history. I am grateful and honored to be a part of the STF family!”
Flosha Tejada
STF 2010 Alumna
Now an Uncommon Director of College Placement


“I consider STF to be one of my best experiences yet.  This 7 week fellowship helped solidify my life’s calling. Entering the program, I wasn’t sure if teaching was the right next step for me however, by the end of the summer, I knew I wanted to make a difference and be the best teacher I could possibly be.  And now 5 years later, I remain committed to changing history.”
Jazmine Grant
STF 2011 Alumnus
Now an Uncommon Instructional Fellow


“My summer with STF equipped me with meaningful training, hands-on experience in a high rigor classroom, and effective feedback to help me improve my instruction. When I started as a full time teacher at Uncommon Schools, I felt more confident because of my prior experience and was able to take on more responsibility to begin my path towards leadership.” 
Isolina Campbell-Cronin
STF 2013 Alumna
Now an Uncommon Instructional Leader and 3rd grade teacher

 

STF was the first time I had been around so many people who were as passionate as I was about urban education reform. It was stimulating, invigorating, and reassuring to know that there were other people in the world who cared so much about student success. After every conversation or workshop with my cohort members, I felt inspired and motivated to strive for the best and keep doing the work that I am doing.”

–STF 2015 Alumnus 

 

As a Summer Teaching Fellow, I saw myself grow daily from the ongoing coaching and feedback I received from my Mentor Teacher, school leader, and Summer Academy Director. I became better in not only executing lessons, but in understanding how to inspire joyful and purposeful student learning.”

–STF 2011 Alumnus