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Molly Lichtner ’17 selected for Woodrow Wilson teaching fellowship

Courtesy: The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Molly Lichtner ’17 is teaching STEM classes in an underserved community.

Aug 30, 2017

Molly Lichtner ’17, a Delaware Valley University alumna from Langhorne, Pennsylvania, was selected for a highly competitive Woodrow Wilson fellowship. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation selected just 63 WW Georgia Teaching Fellows nationally for 2017. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, recognized the fellows at a special reception at the State Capitol. Lichtner completed her bachelor’s degree at DelVal and will be attending Columbus State University for graduate school.

“Going from rural Pennsylvania to rural Georgia has been an easy transition and I’m loving every minute of it,” said Lichtner, who is teaching two STEM classes for high school students in an underserved Georgia community. “I’m teaching environmental science and anatomy. It has been a learning experience for me as well as the students. The students are asking great questions and are very bright. “

The program recruits both recent graduates and career changers with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math—the STEM fields—and prepares them specifically to teach in high-need secondary schools.

Each Fellow receives $30,000 to complete a specially designed, cutting-edge master’s degree program based on a year-long classroom experience. In return, Fellows commit to teach for three years in the urban and rural Georgia schools that most need strong STEM teachers. Throughout the three-year commitment, Fellows receive ongoing support and mentoring.

“Sandra and I are honored to welcome this third class of Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows into the program,” said Gov. Deal. “Georgia has earned many accolades over the past several years, and none of them would be possible or sustainable without our leaders in the classroom. This program creates a pipeline of dedicated math and science teachers to the schools that need them the most, and we wish the best of luck to this year’s class.”

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship is also offered in Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, and Ohio. The Georgia program brings the Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s total commitment to the Fellowship to more than $90 million nationally. 

To learn more about the program, please visit: woodrow.org/fellowships/ww-teaching-fellowships/.