William Smith senior and Jumpstart volunteer Carter Ramsey ’07 of St. Louis, Mo., recently received a Pearson Teaching Fellowship created to help passionate and dedicated individuals continue their efforts in achieving Jumpstart’s mission of working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Those chosen as Teacher Fellows commit to teach pre-school for two years in Head Start and other early learning centers serving low-income communities throughout the country.
“I feel very honored to receive the Pearson Teaching Fellowship, she said. “I look forward to the opportunity this provides in preparing young children to both succeed and thrive in school.
Through the fellowship, Ramsey, a psychology major with minors in dance and child advocacy, will receive high-caliber training, ongoing professional support, a supplementary stipend and classroom resources to help ensure success in teaching.
Ramsey’s dedication to Jumpstart Geneva was also recognized during the 2005-06 academic year through a $1,000 AmeriCorps voucher toward her tuition, which was matched thanks to a partnership between HWS and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
The Pearson Fellowship provides more teachers for early childhood education, expands the number of children reached by well-trained adults, and offers invaluable experience to Fellows. More than 50 Fellows are now teaching in 30 cities in 16 states, improving the lives of nearly 900 children and families every day.
Ramsey is the second William Smith student to receive a Pearson. In 2004, Catherine Dowd-Reilly ’04 also won a Pearson after her involvement with Jumpstart Geneva, and is now teaching Head Start in Charlottesville, Pa.
Pearson is an international media company with businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing, including the Penguin Group, The Financial Times and Pearson Education. For details on the Fellowship program, visit Pearson.