Dorman grad earns prestigious teaching fellowship
Amanda Hall, a December 2008 graduate of the University of South Carolina, has been awarded a 2009 Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship in Mathematics, which will support her professionally and financially for up to five years.
The university’s eighth Knowles fellow, Hall is a graduate of Dorman High School and the daughter of Phyllis and Mike Hall of Moore.
“Mandy Hall’s selection as a Knowles fellow is testimony to her hard work and dedication as a USC mathematics major committed to becoming a high school teacher,” Dr. Ed Dickey, a professor of mathematics education in the university’s department of instruction and teacher education.
Mandy’s leadership experiences as part of the South Carolina Teaching Fellows factored into the competitive selection process, which included applicants from Stanford University and the University of Michigan, among other prestigious institutions, said Dickey.
Hall holds a S.C. Palmetto Fellowship, a S.C. Teaching Fellowship, a University Scholarship and a Lavisky Education Scholarship. On the President’s Honor Roll for six semesters, she received the Jeong Yang Award, which recognizes outstanding Carolina undergraduates in mathematics, and was named Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Mathematics Education by the department of mathematics.
Outside the classroom, she has been a co-leader for College Bible Study and a Children’s AWANA Leader at Shandon Baptist Church. During her summers, she served with Child Evangelism Fellowship in Spartanburg. She became certified by TCE (Teaching Children Effectively) in August 2007 and is working for her secondary certificate in the master's-level program in teaching at the university.
Knowles fellows are exposed to a variety of teaching resources, curriculum materials, research and experts in the field. Most importantly, fellows develop into a community of scholars of high-school science and mathematics teaching, gain confidence in their own teaching abilities, learn to support each other and are ready to act as leaders in science and mathematics education.
Hall was assisted by the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs. For more information on national fellowships, visit the Web site: www.sc.edu/ofsp.