The Education Fellows program provides an integrated academic and experiential opportunity for students who demonstrate exemplary potential and a desire to impact the education profession. The four-year experience focuses on the themes of connection, engagement, challenge and leadership. It supports fellows as they work together in common courses to co-design innovative solutions to educational challenges that are manifested in schools and communities. Opportunities for undergraduate research, professional development and mentorship from faculty and experts within the field are key components of the EDU-Fellows program. For fellows who choose to continue into the BA to M.Ed. program, a residency option for completion of the student teaching experience is available through partnerships with local school districts.

Students in the Education Fellows Program have unique opportunities to:

  • Take select education courses as a cohort
  • Participate in special fellows-only seminars
  • Provide service to local schools and the community
  • Develop as content creators and pedagogical experts
  • Travel to unique educational models within the Southeast
  • Be mentored by students in High Point University’s Doctor of Education program
  • Participate in service projects with local schools and the community
  • Participate in a living/learning community within our award-winning housing

Virtual COVID-19 Principal Panel

On October 5, 2020, principals from various Guildford County Schools, members of the Education Fellows, and students from the graduate Educational Leadership program at High Point University participated in a virtual discussion to understand the struggles, changes and achievements in education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each principal took turns talking about what their experience has been in the past several months after the initial wave of COVID-19. They discussed at length the hurdles which they have had to overcome, and even problems that have yet to be solved, since the pandemic has left uncertainty in its wake. Even though there have been many changes and obstacles the past few months, the principals who attended the seminar were openly optimistic about the future of education and the opportunities for innovation that COVID-19 has helped reveal. To paraphrase one of the attendees, rather than thinking outside box, it’s time to create “our own box”!
~Dillon Ragan
Junior, Secondary Social Studies major

EDU Fellows Meet with Author Kyle Schwartz

On Thursday September 17, 2020, the Education Fellows had the incredible opportunity of meeting with (virtually) and learning from Ms. Kyle Schwartz, author of I Wish My Teacher Knew. Mrs. Schwartz provided great insight on the benefits of a holistic education and forming connections with students. According to Schwartz, it is critical to “build relationships, create bonds, and respond to student’s needs.” In addition, the realization of the complexity of children’s lives can lead to empathetic understanding. Ms. Schwartz, thank you for your wonderful presentation; you left our cohort inspired and pondering how we, as future teachers, can make our schools “a safe place to land.”
~Hannah Pearson

EDU Fellows Meet with the Director of Multicultural Affairs

On Friday, October 2, 2019 the Ed Fellows Cohort #1 alongside the Director of Multicultural Affairs, Brittani Hunt discussed ways to build and have an inclusive environment while inside a classroom. The topics the group talked about ranged, but were mostly focused around how every student is from topics such as learning challenges to cultural needs and how important it is to see the differences between these students. Ms. Hunt spoke a lot about “The Big Four”, which are the four main components that you must take into account when teaching students. The first is cultural humility which is knowing that your knowledge is limited about other people’s culture. The next is cultural sensitivity which is being aware that cultural differences and similarities between people exist without assigning them a value. The third point is cultural inclusivity which is creating a learning community that is welcoming to all students. The final point is cultural curiosity, meaning to have an active commitment to learning and sharing in new cultural experiences. Overall, this was a good experience for all who were involved, and everyone left with new found knowledge and things to be more aware of now and in the future when we will all have a classroom of our own.  ~Jordyn Fells

Stout School of Education Welcomes Cohort II Education Fellows

August 23, 2019 – The Stout School of Education welcomed its second cohort of Education Fellows. The Education Fellows program provides an integrated academic and experiential opportunity for students who demonstrate exemplary potential and a desire to impact the education profession.  The students in cohort two represent all majors and many licensure areas in the Stout School of Education. The theme for the first-year students is connection. Programming is designed to connect the students to one another, the faculty and the community.


End-of-Year Seminar with Guest Speaker Mr. Mark Jewell, President of NC Association of Educators

April 16, 2019 – As the 2018-2019 school year comes to a close, Education Fellows coordinator, Mrs. Rosie Tarara, planned and coordinated an End-of-Year celebration for the Education Fellows. Mrs. Tarara was surprised herself when Dr. Joe Blosser, Robert G. Culp Jr. Director of Service Learning, presented her with the HPU Service Learning Professor of the Year award for all she has done with her service learning classes.

The group was then introduced to the keynote speaker of the event, Mr. Mark Jewell, president of North Carolina Association of Educators. Mr. Jewell shared with the Fellows his story of how and why he became an educator and what drove him to the great state of North Carolina. Highlighting the great investment the state government had in education when he came here, Jewell also addressed the problems of which plague the North Carolina education system.   Jewell later revealed steps he and many other educators are planning to hopefully help better the education system in the state of North Carolina.

Following Mr. Jewell’s speech, Ms. Tarara presented a video highlighting the many activities and great experiences the Education Fellows group had in the 2018-2019 school year.   ~Mr. Dillon Ragan, EDU Fellows Student

Author Rob Shindler Visits the EDU Fellows Students on Campus

On Friday March 29, 2019 the author of “Hotdogs and Hamburgers: Unlocking Life’s Potential by Inspiring Literacy at Any Age”, Rob Shindler spent the day at High Point University. The book was a great read, and all of the education fellows were looking forward this book discussion. It was a rather casual event that made everyone comfortable, and the conversations were more genuine. After talking with Shindler and getting a chance to ask any lingering questions, we all got a better understanding of the personal side to his book. He had a chance to talk about the behind the scenes of this book and continued this story past where the book ended. This personal connection allowed us to enjoy the book in a whole new way which was an amazing experience. The education fellows program gave us yet another connection through this discussion with author Rob Shindler, and we are all really glad to be a part of something so fun and enriching.  ~Miss Leah Brown, EDU Fellows Student

Fellows Students Test “Rise” App

Friday March 22, 2019 the Education Fellows were tasked with testing an app called Rise. The app’s purpose is to get first year students at High Point University more involved on campus and help them with the transition from high school to college.  Wellington Souza from FundFive, the creator of the Rise app, showed the fellows how the app worked and explained the purpose. Throughout the seminar, Souza asked the fellows for feedback on what was observed so far. The critiques of Rise were plentiful and helpful and were welcomed by Souza. The seminar was a great experience for the Ed Fellows to understand the many ways apps can be utilized in an education setting.   ~Mr. Dillon Ragan, EDU Fellows Student

Fellows Host Q&A with HPU Education Alumni

March 4th, 2019- The education fellows had the opportunity to have a Q&A session with three High Point University Alumni’s who majored in education. This opportunity allowed the fellows to gain insight into what it is like to teach outside the public school system – charter and magnet schools in North Carolina — while also gaining advice on looking for jobs after college and the ups and down of being of teacher. The alumni described how their schools works compared to traditional schools and the amount of parent involvement within their schools. In each of the schools, parent involvement was a key requirement, whether the parents came into the classroom or provided supplies for the class. This allowed the fellows to see how they can incorporate parent involvement within their future classrooms. At the end of the session, the alumni provided personal testimonies from their experiences within the school of education and how they apply what they learned from HPU into their classrooms today. Through this experience, the fellows were able to learn about flexibility with lesson planning, classroom management, how to interact with parents and co-workers to understand the behind the scene works of being an everyday classroom teacher. The fellows left the session with more insight and knowledge into the world of education and their future careers as teachers.  ~Miss Ednaya Hackney, EDU Fellows Student

“Say Yes” Program presented to the EDU Fellows Students

On Friday February 22nd Mr. and Mrs. Miller came and presented on the Say Yes program to the Education Fellows. Say Yes is a program, which helps provide scholarships, academic and non-academic support services to students in Guilford County. The idea is to provide service, support, and scholarships to students to prepare them for college, careers, and life. The program can be utilized for a two or four year college. Say Yes supports students and helps them reach their potential. While at a glance, some people may think this program is strictly to help students financially, but in reality the program supports students in all aspects of life. This program provides assistance for academic, wellness, and mentoring support. In the city of High Point Say Yes is working with four schools and their principals in addressing the different needs for their schools and students. This program even engages the parents by offering programs on how to engage their children and help them. The Say Yes program has the potential to provide changes in a student’s life. This program is an incredible program that helps students prepare for not only college but also life after college. This program helps students get the most out of their education and gives them the opportunities to succeed in life.   ~ Miss Caitlin Lewis, EDU Fellows Student

EDU Fellows Discuss “The Power of a Plant” with HPU Faculty

November 2, 2018 – The EDU Fellows alongside High Point University faculty discussed the book, The Power of a Plant, by Stephen Ritz. We were separated into groups of roughly five students, and two or three faculty for our discussions. On the table were scattered quotes from the book that we were able to use to feed into or begin conversation. We spoke in groups for roughly 45 minutes over lunch before we came back together, and had one person from each group share a summary of what their group discussed.
The topics the groups talked about ranged, but were mostly focused around, Stephen Ritz techniques to connect and build relationships with students, as well as his ability to make typical school work into real life examples for them. Some groups talked about differing school systems and how their food programs differ state to state. Some schools give out free meals and snacks to all, whereas others are more particular and make families apply for these programs. Since we all come from different unique backgrounds and places, these conversations were enriched with new perspectives and ideas. Overall, this was a good experience for all who were involved, and everyone left with a new perspective of the book that they might not have seen before.  ~ Miss Hannah Murphy, EDU Fellows Student

Dr. Shirley Disseler Shares “Teaching Creativity” at First EDU Fellows Seminar

October 9, 2018 – At the first Education Fellows Seminar, Dr. Shirley Disseler shared her expertise in creativity. Dr. Disseler works closely with Lego to create curriculum for students spanning from kindergarten through eighth grade that fosters their creativity and “out of the box” thinking. During this seminar, the fellows learned about how many companies, such as Lego, Google, Amazon, Pixar, and Disney use creativity in their workplaces. Knowing that over sixty percent of companies look for creativity first when hiring, even before integrity, helped explain to the fellows why it is so imperative that creativity remain in the classroom.

By launching rocket flyers at Dr. Disseler (at her request), the education fellows were able to understand how important laughter is in relieving stress and improving performance and retention. After individually creating unique ducks from less than ten Lego bricks and finding that thousands of combinations were possible, Dr. Disseler made the point that all students learn differently and all teachers teach differently. Students should not be expected to fit into a certain category when it comes to learning and should be able to receive an individualized education that encourages creativity.

During a team cup stacking game, the education fellows were asked to each hold a string on one end that was tied to a rubber band on the other end. The goal was to manipulate the rubber band as a team to create a pyramid out of the ten cups. After establishing a winner of the first round, the teams were asked to repeat the activity silently. This activity revealed to the fellows the difference between someone leading and everyone having to agree in order to complete a task. Overall, this seminar was enlightening as to how a classroom can encourage learning and creativity together.

Fellows Students Observe Classes at The Piedmont School

October 5, 2018 – The Education Fellows visited the Piedmont School which provides a unique education to children with learning disabilities who find it difficult to learn in an ordinary classroom. While there, there were able to observe how the school caters to different learning styles. Upon arrival they were able to see a perfect example of this. They were able to watch a teacher with his class playing a group game outside. The game was very simple and only required each child to throw a ball to their partner. The catch was that there were other teams doing the same thing at the same time. The whole point of the game was to work on their ability to focus. This is just one innovative way the Piedmont teachers provide their students with the proper tools to succeed.

The school itself is a small building with a handful of classrooms and a trailer for high school classes. The classrooms house anywhere from 6 to 12 students depending on grade. The school also has a library and multipurpose arts room that the students use for music, art, and theater classes. Fellows students were able to look around different rooms and talk to different teachers. Fellows student Madison Parks stated “I, as a future literacy major asked the Piedmont reading specialist what kind of methods she used in order to teach so many children with different abilities and learning styles. She explained to me that she actually pulled from many different resources in order to find the best way to teach each child.”

By the end of the tour, students were all able to take something away from this amazing place. The ingenuity of the teachers and their dedication to these amazing students is very inspiring! This school has left a lasting imprint and showed students that every child encountered has amazing potential!

EDU Fellows Students Visit HPU Ropes Course

September 4, 2018 – The students from the Education Fellows Program traveled to the High Point University Estate to complete a ropes course. The ropes course is designed to provide activities that allow HPU students to collaborate and work together outside of the classroom. The students in the Fellows Program experienced many challenges, however, they persevered together to overcome these barriers and obtain success. The course enforced the use of team building, trust, confidence and leadership skills.

The Education Fellows students embraced each challenge with an open heart, similarly to the way you would in a classroom. In a school classroom, a teacher must be open to any problem, whether it be physical, emotional or psychological. Trusting in oneself to overcome barriers is one thing, but by acquiring a connection with one’s peers, he or she can overcome anything with a little trust and teamwork. A ropes course may be more physically demanding than a classroom, however, by completing these challenging tasks, the Education Fellows bonded together outside of the typical school environment so that they may begin making a difference within the classrooms.