25 Teachers Get Fellowship Grants

Twenty-five teachers in D.C. public schools recently received fellowship grants of $4,000 each from the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation to support projects and study programs to make them more effective and creative in their classrooms.

The foundation's teacher fellowship program has been going on for five years. In many cases, this year's recipients, selected from a long list of applicants, received the money to help reimburse them for major investments in their own training.

Laura Aikman, who teaches art at Terrell Junior High, visited several mural artists in Mexico last summer so she could help her students put up murals in their neighborhood.

She said she hopes the projects will help improve students' painting skills and increase their community pride.

Rose Auld, who teaches humanities at Eastern High School, recently toured the eastern United States interviewing descendants of the original Powhatan Confederacy to help teach her students about Indian traditions that date to the 1600s and still flourish today.

Joan Vanasdalan, a music teacher at Eaton Elementary who has directed more than 40 children's musical productions in the city, spent last summer in Siena, Italy, studying voice and piano.

Albert Carr has taught U.S. history at Cardozo High School for 20 years and watched that school's population shift from 100 percent black to half black and half Hispanic.

To respond to this change, he spent his off hours last year taking classes in Spanish at George Washington University. He also spent the summer in Hispanic neighborhoods of Los Angeles and San Antonio working with teachers, students and administrators.

Norman Peters, a former Peace Corps volunteer who teaches at Park View Elementary, has developed a cross-cultural classroom project on Thailand after spending his summer in the Southeast Asian country, visiting schools and studying the culture and economy.

With the help of the Thai Embassy here, he has put together a mini-museum, a photo booklet and reading materials for his students.

Jean Purchas-Tulloch, who teaches Spanish, French and African studies at Spingarn High School, traveled to North and West Africa last year and will go to East and South Africa next year to gather material for a writing curriculum in her Afrocentric humanities course.

Audrey Hawkins, who teaches drama at Eastern High School and introduces her students to Shakespeare by focusing on the African characters in five of his works, attended a course in teaching Shakespeare at Cambridge University.

Elizabeth Ready, the speech development specialist at Clarke Elementary, took a course in New Zealand on "whole language" teaching, which uses all the senses to help youngsters learn.

Errol Rose, who teaches language at Jefferson Junior High, took a course at Leningrad State Pedagogical Institute in helping teenagers learn Russian.

Language teacher Yvonne St. Hill studied Spanish language, literature and art at Madrid University during the summer to work in the new accelerated Spanish program at Taft Junior High.

Minnie Holcomb, who introduces math to her students at Shepherd Elementary by teaching them to use an abacus, is working with the educational and cultural attaches of the Chinese, Japanese and Korean embassies to improve her abacus skills.

She plans to use her $4,000 to travel to China next summer to study at the Beijing Bureau of Education.

Other teacher fellowship winners are Sylvester Lipscomb, who teaches horticulture at Phelps Career High; Davey Yarborough, who teaches music at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts; Sheila Buslje, who teaches reading, science and social studies at Oyster Bilingual School; Elnie Neleance, who teaches Spanish at H.D. Cooke Elementary; Beverly Burt, who teaches reading at Hine Junior High; Queenie Foard, who teaches health and physical education at Garnett Patterson Junior High; C. Adrienne White, who teaches French at Ballou High.

Jamie Wilson, who teaches English as a secondary language at H.D. Cooke Elementary; Diane Brown, who teaches science at Jefferson Junior High; Carolyn Kornegay, who teaches laboratory skills at Anacostia High; Robert Willis, who teaches biology at Ballou High; Linda Bressant, who teaches speech at Sharpe Health School; John Taylor, who heads the vision program at Tyler Elementary; and Juanita Wilkinson, who teaches English and humanities at Lincoln Junior High.