West New York Board of Education trustee Matthew Cheng was awarded a $30,000 teaching fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation last week.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Cheng was among a dozen William Paterson University students who were bestowed with the distinction of “2015 Class of Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellows” at an event at The College of New Jersey on Wednesday. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R) was one of the dignitaries in attendance.
“I am very excited to be awarded the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship and the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship and to begin teaching Mathematics and Computer Science,” Cheng told Hudson County View in an email.
“My work on the School Board piqued my interest in education and teaching. Being able to inspire students to think critically and giving them the STEM skills and knowledge to follow their dreams is worth much more than politics.”
Frances Micklow, a communications associate for the program, said recruits are typically recent graduates – or professionals changing careers – pursuing the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
Additionally, each fellow receives $30,000 to complete “a specially designed, cutting-edge master’s degree program based on a year-long classroom experience.”
In exchange, fellows commit to teach for three years – where they will receive “ongoing support and mentoring” – in the urban and rural New Jersey schools that are in strong need of STEM teachers.
Cheng will be seeking re-election in the November 3 West New York BOE election, though there are no guarantees with seven other candidates seeking the three, three-year terms up for grabs.