2017 Fellow Spotlights

Kandace McDonald

Kandace McDonald

“Teaching has been my passion since I began in 2006.”
Kandace McDonald is a new ATC teacher from Blytheville, Arkansas. She graduated Cum Laude from Philander Smith College with her Bachelor of Arts in English. Kandace will be teaching English at Blytheville High School in the fall. Education has always been at the center of Kandace’s professional life. Prior to being an ATC teacher, she...
Ben Vernosky

Ben Vernosky

“I believe that it is the essential task put forth to all teachers to be someone that children can rely on and feel safe around.”
Ben Vernosky is a new ATC teacher from Valparaiso, Indiana who is interesting in teaching High School Math, Science, or Social Studies. Ben graduated from Purdue University where he majored in General Education. Ben has experience working with children as: A member of SEED (Students in Education Enhancing Diversity) at Purdue, a program in which...
Laren Childers

Laren Childers

“Science and math do not have to be scary subjects. Science is all around us and bringing chemistry and math to everyday activities is my goal.”
Laren Childers, a new ATC teacher from Bartlesville, Oklahoma, holds a Bachelor Degree from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master’s Degree from Texas A&M. He is a retired Chemical Engineer and he recently completed a five year overseas assignment. He has worked as a scientist and engineer for 30+ years. Among other successes he...
Tyler Swanson

Tyler Swanson

“I’ve always wanted to join a profession where I felt like I was giving back.”
Tyler Swanson graduated from the University of Arkansas in May of 2017 with a Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice. Tyler will be teaching Math at Palestine High School. Tyler has worked at J.B. Hunt and Tyson as a dispatcher. He also volunteered and interned at a sheriff’s department working alongside jailers, civil processors, and...

2017 Cohort

  • Aaron Wood
  • Addie Pittman
  • Audrey Parker
  • Bernard Smith
  • Breanna Franklin
  • Clifford McLeod
  • Dedrick Cross
  • Emily Ferrington
  • Jessica Rayner
  • Jill Carlson
  • Kallie Simmons
  • Kelsey Gourd
  • Kerri Lee
  • Moriah Houser
  • Romerse Biddle
  • Ryan Acker Lewis
  • Sarah Sabin
  • Shane Gosselink
  • Ta’Nessa Robinson
  • Tiffany Roster
  • Vanessa Jefferson