Gilman Teaching Fellowships

Each year, Gilman School offers fellowships to recent college graduates who have a strong interest in teaching. Fellows benefit from the coaching of a mentor teacher and a range of unique professional development experiences. They also participate in regular seminars dedicated to the exploration of critical issues in education. To help assess and demonstrate growth, fellows maintain a digital teaching portfolio that highlights the tools, documents, and experiences that both represent and inspire their learning.

Specific classroom responsibilities for fellows vary based on both divisional placement and demonstrated readiness. Some initially observe and shadow their mentor, gradually assuming instructional leadership as the fellowship unfolds. Other fellows, particularly those placed in the Middle or Upper School, teach a section or two of their own students for the duration of the fellowship.

Fellows coach interscholastic and intramural sports and support co­-curricular programs, in addition to their work in the classroom. They often assist with advising as well.

Meet our current Fellows

Meet Natalie Cheung, Middle School Cooper Penn Fellow 

Meet Erika Cabrera, Middle School Cooper Penn Fellow

Meet Ryan Ruff Smith, Tickner Writing Fellow/English Department


Meet Jalin Jackson, Upper School Callard Penn Fellow

Meet Ned Emala, Upper School Foreman Fellow

Meet Jake Scott, Upper School Callard Penn Fellow 

Penn Fellows 

Gilman is a partner in the Penn Fellows Independent School Teaching Residency (ISTR), an innovative collaboration between the Graduate School of Education of the University of Pennsylvania and a consortium of the nation’s leading independent day schools.

The other consortium schools include Greenwich Academy, Hopkins School, North Shore Country Day, Princeton Day School, Riverdale Country School, Roxbury Latin School, The Shipley School, St. Anne’s Belfield, and Trinity School.

Learn more about the Penn Fellows at Gilman.

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Gilman teaching FELLOWS

Successful candidates share several traits. They:
  • Have an excellent academic record and show sustained interest in teaching and learning as demonstrated by work in camps or youth programs, teaching internships, or advanced academic study in their discipline.
  • Exhibit a commitment to Gilman’s mission to educate the whole boy and a capacity to develop healthy relationships with students and colleagues.
  • Demonstrate excitement about joining an inclusive community and supporting the School’s many programs.
  • Express enthusiasm about teaching and have the capacity to reflect on and learn from experience.

What to Expect

Teaching Fellows receive support from experienced teachers and special programming throughout the fellowship year.

Former Fellows, Current Faculty

Gilman teaching fellowships, by design, encourage young professionals to build careers in education. Several chose to do so here at Gilman.
John Xanders '77

Michael Howard Cooper Teaching Fellow

Donell Thompson '91

Michael Howard Cooper Teaching Fellow

Owen Daly

Michael Howard Cooper Teaching Fellow

John Rowell

Reginald S. Tickner Writing Fellowship

Matthew Tully '02

Michael Howard Cooper Teaching Fellow

Christopher Bendann '03

Class of 1955 Henry Callard Teaching Fellow

Hannah Stauffer Kolkin

Class of 1955 Henry Callard Teaching Fellow

Essie Mallonee

Michael Howard Cooper Teaching Fellow

Bryn Holmes

Michael Howard Cooper Teaching Fellow

Sean Byrne

Class of 1955 Henry Callard Teaching Fellow

Christopher Flint '07

Michael Howard Cooper Teaching Fellow

Richard Shock '08

Class of 1955 Henry Callard Teaching Fellow

Alex DeWeese '11

Class of 1955 Henry Callard Teaching Fellow

Interested Applicants

Please click here to apply for a Gilman Fellowship opportunity.

Please click here to apply for a Gilman Penn Fellow opportunity.


For more information regarding Gilman Teaching Fellowships, contact:

Peter O. Kwiterovich, III

Assistant Head of School 

410-323-3800, ext. 177

Our Fellowships

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