The Great Oaks AmeriCorps Education Fellowship is a diverse group of recent college graduates with a variety of backgrounds and interests. Some fellows are interested in education policy and wish to experience life on the ground in an urban school. Others plan to pursue a career in medicine, law or to enroll in another graduate program and wish to first give a year of service. For fellows who wish to become high-performing teachers, Great Oaks offers multiple pathways to certification.
In exchange for serving as an AmeriCorps Education Fellow with us, fellows receive fully furnished housing with utilities and basic household items included, a living stipend, health insurance, a Segal Education Award after completing their service hours and the opportunity to be a part of a community where everyone is passionate about changing outcomes for urban students.
To ensure fellows are prepared to effectively work with students, each year our fellows begin their service in August by participating in intensive pre-service training at their own school. In addition, fellows attend Great Oaks Forum – a convening of all fellows across our network to participate in professional development, networking and social gatherings.
Stephany was drawn to Great Oaks by the opportunity to form deep, sustained relationships with her students. After her year of service, Stephany became the Executive Director of Schools That Can Newark, a collaborative network of district, charter, and independent schools. She obtained a Master in Urban Planning from Harvard University and is now an Associate at U3 in New York City.
As a 2017 graduate of William Paterson University, Crystal Clarke decided to commit to the Great Oaks Legacy AmeriCorps program. She knew that committing a year of service would give her an opportunity to get involved and assist with impacting the lives of students. Mid-year through her experience, she joined our Gateway to Teaching program, which provides fellows with the opportunity to learn teaching strategies from Relay Graduate School of Education, during their Fellowship year. Gateway provided a pathway to teaching for Crystal, who now teaches Geometry at Great Oaks Legacy Charter High School in Newark.
Originally from Ames, Iowa, Stefan Breitling joined the AmeriCorps Education Fellowship program in 2013-14 in order to give back after completing his undergraduate degree at Amherst College. After the Fellowship, Mr. Breitling went on to study medicine at the University of Chicago, and is now completing his residency in pediatrics at NYU.