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.

Penn Fellowship Opportunities

For questions about the Penn Fellows program at Gilman, contact:

Brian Ledyard

Assistant Head of Upper School and Director of the Penn Fellows Program at Gilman

410-323-3800, ext. 391

bledyard@gilman.edu

Additional Fellowship Opportunities

For questions about additional teaching fellowship opportunities, contact: 

Peter O. Kwiterovich, III

Assistant Head of School 

410-323-3800, ext. 177

pkwiterovich@gilman.edu

 

 

Meet our current Fellows

 

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Aaron Slutkin ’17, Callard Fellow, English

Aaron returns to Gilman after attending Duke University where he earned honors distinction in the bachelor of arts program. His major was in history and political science with a minor in Russian language and culture. During his junior year, he studied abroad at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and then spent the spring semester as the communications director for the Franken for Iowa campaign. This past year he worked for the Hudson Institute Political Studies, the program where he was a fellow last summer, as a teaching assistant.

William Jackson, Middle School Cooper Penn Fellow, Language Arts

William attended Anne Arundel Community College for several years after graduating from Arundel High School. Transferring from there, he earned a bachelor of arts in government and politics at The University of Maryland in College Park. He comes to us from The Severn School in Severna Park, Maryland where he was a sixth grade English and geography teacher. William was also the head coach for Severn’s junior varsity football team.

Samuel Denious, Upper School Callard Penn Fellow, Modern Language

Sam joins us after most recently working as a program director at Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership in Harlem, New York. Additionally, he has spent several summers at Camp Pasquaney as a counselor in Hebron, New Hampshire. Sam is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine where he majored in Hispanic studies and environmental studies. While in Maine, he spent a semester abroad at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and was a four-year player on the varsity lacrosse team.

Aysia Brenner, Middle School Foreman Fellow, Social Studies

Aysia graduated with Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Beta Theta honors distinction from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. In addition to majoring in history with a minor in art history, Aysia worked as an assistant for the first-year dorm and French House and also interned at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts during college. Most recently, Aysia worked as the English language teaching assistant with The Teaching Assistant Program in France.

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.
Jake Scott

Class of 1955 Henry Callard Penn Teaching Fellow
2018-2020

Ned Emala '13

Johnnie L. Foreman, Jr. Fellow
2019-2020

Rya Inman

Johnnie L. Foreman, Jr. Fellow
2020-2021

Jaakirah Reid

Michael Howard Cooper Penn Fellow
2020-2022

Donell Thompson '91

Michael Howard Cooper Teaching Fellow
1995-1996

Owen Daly

Michael Howard Cooper Teaching Fellow
2003-2004

John Rowell

Reginald S. Tickner Writing Fellowship
2004-2005

Matthew Tully '02

Michael Howard Cooper Teaching Fellow
2005-2007

Hannah Kolkin

Class of 1955 Henry Callard Teaching Fellow
2008-2009

Essie Smith

Michael Howard Cooper Teaching Fellow
2008-2009

Bryn Holmes

Michael Howard Cooper Teaching Fellow
2009-2010

Christopher Flint '07

Michael Howard Cooper Teaching Fellow
2010-2011

Richard Shock '08

Class of 1955 Henry Callard Teaching Fellow
2013-2014

Alex DeWeese '11

Class of 1955 Henry Callard Teaching Fellow
2015-2016