2018 Fellowship Team


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Global Teachers Institute, South Africa


Clara Gurriaran

Email: claragbas@gmail.com
Teaching Grade: 7 -12
Teaching Subjects: English and Spanish
City: Ottawa, Spain

As a child, and as an adult, traveling and living on my own in another country was a dream. After traveling alone during several summer vacations, when I turned 16, I left Spain to do my junior year of high school in Hinsdale, Illinois, where I attended Hinsdale Central High School. After coming back to Spain from the United Stated I studied Translation and Interpreting at the University of Salamanca and Institut für Fremdsprachen und Auslandskunde in Erlangen, Germany. Not fully happy and seeking for more, I decided to try teaching and fell in love with it. I had the opportunity to study a Master´s Degree in Compulsory Secondary Teachers, and I became an ESL and Spanish as a Foreign Language teacher.

I am currently living in Ottawa, Canada, after being selected to take part in the Programa de Formación para Profesores (Teachers’ Training Program) by the Amancio Ortega Foundation and Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, a scholarship and program that focuses on new methodologies. I am currently teaching ELD (English Language Development) to grade 9th-12th students, mainly refugees and newcomers.

Shanneke Favors

Email: sfavors1@student.gsu.edu
Teaching Grade: 7 -12
Teaching Subjects: Physics, Maths, Teacher Education
City: Atlanta, US

Shaneeka Favors-Welch received a B.S in Mathematics from Southern Polytechnic University, a M.A.T in Mathematics from Clayton State University, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Teacher and Teacher Education from Georgia State University. She is the first person in her immediate family to graduate from college disproving statistics commonly associated with urban students. Deciding to become a secondary mathematics teacher has been the best career decision ever because she gets to combine both her love of math and being involved with teenagers.  

As a pillar in her community she teaches the youth that they are not statistics, but instead bright and intelligent humans that have a history of greatness within them. In 2008, she founded G.R.O.W.E (Giving Resources and Opportunities to Women through Education), a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring young adults and advancing women in STEM fields.  To date, the organization has partnered with I AM TECH located in Freetown, Sierra Leone to provide two full-tuition scholarships for women in computer networking. In 2014, she was selected to teach mathematics and physics in Guangzhou, China as a part of a new Georgia State University initiative.

Bob Thayer 

Email: bobthayer@drewschool.org
Teaching Grade: 7 -12
Teaching Subjects: Maths
City: San Francisco, US

I graduated from Cal Poly with a major in English and a minor in Mathematics. Outside of my math teaching experience, I have worked in a variety of other fields including software sales and music production. I am a musician, surfer and also the JV boys basketball coach at Drew High School. I believe that my diverse professional experience lends itself to the classroom. My goal is to connect with students that have difficulties in mathematics so that they can gain a greater appreciation for life and a love of learning.

Clifford Sykes

Email: briteeyze@gmail.com
Teaching Grade: 7 -12
Teaching Subjects: English and Music
City: Michigan, US

After matriculating through Lincoln University of Missouri and receiving the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education,  I received a Teaching Fellowship to pursue The Master of Music Education degree at the University of Wisconsin (Madison). While at The Univ. of Wisconsin I was honored to be selected to assist world renowned Jazz Pianist & composer Cecil Taylor, who invited me to accompany him as a member of the Artist In Residence at Antioch College (Ohio). After a year at Antioch College, I was hired to teach Instrumental Music in the Detroit Public Schools.

I taught for several years in Detroit before receiving another Teaching Fellowship to work on The Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at the Univ. of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania).  Having completed the preliminary requirements, I had to return to Michigan in order to maintain my position & tenure. I retired from the Pontiac Michigan School District in 2014. I have recently been rehired at Henry Ford High School in Detroit.