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July 3, 2003

Birmingham-Southern College student chosen for national teaching fellowship

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern graduate Catherine Godbey of Decatur has been selected as a 2003 New York City Teaching Fellow for participation in a national two-year program that trains recent college graduates and those already in careers who want to teach in that city's lowest-performing schools.

Under the fellows program, the NYC Department of Education subsidizes the majority of tuition for participants to get a master's degree while they teach in troubled schools in the nation's largest public school system. Upon completion of three years of teaching, including the period of the fellowship, fellows may apply for professional teaching certification.

Godbey, who graduated from BSC in May with a bachelor's degree in English, is among 3,000 graduating seniors, postgraduates, and career changers nationwide who were chosen after written and personal interviews.

Having already started intensive pre-service training in June, she will begin teaching at a school in New York City's Bronx area Sept. 8 while working on her master's degree in education at Mercy College. Each fellow receives a living allowance for pre-service training and a stipend once teaching has begun.

The NYC Teaching Fellows program, designed to be an alternative teacher certification, is a partnership between the New York City Department of Education, City University of New York, and AmeriCorps.

NYC Teaching Fellow coordinators believe that Godbey is the first Birmingham-Southern student or alumnus to be awarded the fellowship since it was established in 1999. She is the daughter of Rev. Sandra and John Godbey.


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