Carol Biliczky

Fourteen Akron-area residents have been tapped for prestigious Woodrow Wilson teaching fellowships.

The recent college graduates or career changers are among 79 fellows named Monday by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and others at the Ohio Statehouse.

The program “will bring additional firepower to one of the most noble professions,” Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey said in a media release.

The program provides each fellow with a $30,000 stipend while they complete a two-year master’s program in teaching that includes a year of classroom experience.

The training will “help ensure that Ohio’s students are prepared for the workforce, particularly in STEMM and other high-demand fields,” Carey said, referring to the programs targeting science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

The fellows, most of whom have backgrounds in science, must agree to teach for three years after they graduate.

Akron-area fellows and their STEMM backgrounds who will attend the University of Akron are: John Beck of Akron, mechanical engineering; Elizabeth Gleixner of Hudson, chemistry; Fredericka Haumesser of Brunswick, chemistry; Megan Lengyel of Wadsworth, biology; Jennifer McCoy of Akron, biology; Matthew Mechler of Streetsboro, chemistry; Gregory Pero of Norton, chemical engineering; Laura Ruttig of Cuyahoga Falls, chemical engineering; Sabrina Tucker of Bedford Heights, geology; and Samantha Wade of Akron, manufacturing engineering.

In addition, Audrey Markovich of Streetsboro will attend the University of Cincinnati, and Christopher Thomas of Copley, Ohio University. Both have backgrounds in mechanical engineering.

Corey Chadman of Windham, who has a background in math, will attend Ohio University; Jessica Fairchild of Cuyahoga Falls, who has a background in philosophy and business administration, John Carroll University.

The Ohio program is funded with federal money; grants from six foundations, including the Cleveland Foundation, and with matching funds from seven participating campuses: UA, Toledo, John Carroll, Ohio University, Ohio State, Dayton and Cincinnati

This is the state’s fourth class of Woodrow Wilson teacher candidates. It brings to 288 the total number of fellows named in Ohio since the start of the program in 2010.

The Woodrow Wilson foundation runs similar programs in Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey and Georgia. The foundation is based in Princeton, N.J.

Carol Biliczky can be reached at cbiliczky@thebeaconjournal.com or 330-996-3729.